Migrants' Rights Network

Katharine Thane

Katharine is the Senior Advocacy Officer at Migrants’ Rights Network. 
 
Katharine has worked in human rights, including on people discriminated against or violently targeted because of their religion or belief, for over 8 years at the UK, EU and UN level.
 
Prior to MRN, she was Senior Researcher and Policy Advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief. Between 2014 – 2019 she was the Operations Director of the UK Parliament All-party Parliamentary Group on Freedom of Religion or Belief where she worked to change Home Office policy on the UK’s Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme. In addition to analysing the vulnerability assessments of refugees in Lebanon and elsewhere with UNHCR, she developed compulsory training for Home Office caseworkers when interviewing those seeking asylum in the UK.
 
Prior to UK Parliament, Katharine has worked in several human rights and humanitarian organisations, including with the University of Essex’s Human Rights Clinic and Palestinian NGO Al-Haq, and in London, Durham and Nyeri, Kenya. She holds a Masters (with distinction) in Human Rights and Cultural Diversity from the University of Essex and a BA in Philosophy and Theology from Durham University. 
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