Prior to becoming a Fellow, Katie was a Legal Advisor and Special Assistant to the Registrar at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in Freetown, supporting the trial of former President of Liberia, Charles Taylor, and working with the SCSL’s prisoners to ensure that international standards were upheld in their confinement. Katie also worked for the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in Freetown to address the Ebola crisis, and consulted for Leigh Day on its human rights litigation in Sierra Leone. Before she moved to Sierra Leone, Katie worked in the US on prisoners’ rights, in particular on issues involving wrongful solitary confinement; asylum claims; and LGBT rights.
Katie holds advanced degrees in Law (J.D.) and English Literature (M.A.), and has a B.S. in Sociology and Legal Ethics.