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Adrienne L. Fricke, JD, MA

Position: Syria Advisor
Adrienne Fricke

Adrienne L. Fricke is a human rights consultant specializing in human rights and refugee-related issues in the Middle East and Africa. Since 2007, she has been a consultant for Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), serving most recently as Syria advisor.

Previously for PHR, she assessed the health effects facing Sudanese refugee women living in eastern Chad. Fricke has served as the Africa Legal Advisor to the Global Justice Center, a legal NGO that works with women leaders on the enforcement of international equality guarantees. For Refugees International, she traveled to Sudan and co-authored an analysis of its rape laws, “Laws Without Justice: an Assessment of Sudanese Laws Affecting Survivors of Rape.” Fricke was a member of the Coalition for International Justice’s Atrocities Documentation Team, traveling to refugee camps in eastern Chad to take witness statements from Darfuri refugees. She was also a Clinical Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program.

Fricke has particular expertise in Syria, having lived there first as a Fulbright recipient and then while pursuing research among former Syrian political prisoners for her graduate degree. She is the co-author of “Uncounted and Unacknowledged: Syria's Refugee University Students and Academics in Jordan,” and the forthcoming companion assessment, "The War Follows Them: Syria's Refugee University Students in Lebanon,” published jointly by the UC Davis Human Rights Initiative and the Institute of International Education. In addition to Syria, Fricke has lived and worked in Egypt and Lebanon. She holds a JD from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in Near Eastern Studies from New York University and a BA in African Studies from Yale University. She is fluent in Arabic and French.