Career Highlights

  • Director of Middle East North Africa Training and Legal Advisor, Physicians for Human Rights
  • MA, International Policy Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies
  • Private practice immigration attorney
  • Pro bono asylum and SIJS attorney, Kids In Need of Defense

Christy Fujio JD '08

International Public Interest Lawyer

Christy Fujio spends her days with doctors and lawyers who live in some of the most war-ravaged regions of our world today. Her goal is to teach them to document the horrors and atrocities that many of these people see every day.

"To say that this work is an emotional journey would be a gross understatement, but the rewards of working with such an exceptional group of people are manifest," she says about the doctors, lawyers and human rights activists whom she mentors and trains through Physicians for Human Rights.

Following law school, Fujio started work in private practice as an immigration attorney. But it was her prior experience at an international foundation that conducts seminars for women leaders that helped her land her current role. For students looking to get involved in international human rights, Fujio says the field requires a lot of flexibility.

"You need to be a jack-of-all-trades, with the ability to do many things—legal, administrative, financial, fundraising," Fujio said. "Staff at nonprofits are overburdened, so we all really need to be able to take on any task."