Kim Thuy Seelinger received IANGEL’s Rights and Leadership Award 2017 at its 4th Anniversary Gala Luncheon, which was held at the City Club of San Francisco on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2017. Professor Kim Thuy Seelinger received the award for her outstanding contributions as an advocate for global women’s rights, and trailblazing work in holding the former dictator of Chad accountable for rape as a war crime and violation of international human rights.
Kim is the Director of the sexual violence program at Berkeley Law’s Human Rights Center. Her current work focuses on legal accountability for wartime sexual violence, protection in humanitarian settings, and comparative sexual offenses legalization.
Kim serves on the UN High Commissioner Refugees’ inaugural Advisory Group on gender, force displacement and protection. She is also an expert commentator on the international protocol on the documentation and investigation of sexual violence in conflict, and a member of the expert group on international guidelines on the documentation of sexual violence against men and boys.
Kim teaches refugee law at UC Berkelay School of Law. She was previously a staff attorney for the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at UC Hastings College of the Law, where she co-taught the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic and represented asylum seekers fleeing gender-based violence.