Katharina Obser is a Program Officer in the Migrant Rights & Justice Program at the Women's Refugee Commission. She conducts research and advocacy on immigration detention policies affecting immigrant women and asylum seekers, monitors conditions in immigration detention facilities, and advocates at a national level for detention reform. She previously researched and advocated on immigration detention issues at Human Rights First, where she also worked to improve and expand access to legal representation nationally for asylum seekers and immigrants, and earlier coordinated Human Rights First's pro bono legal representation program for indigent asylum seekers in the Washington, DC office. Katharina holds a Masters in Forced Migration Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and a B.A. in Political Science and French from the University of Michigan.