Senior Analyst, Special Initiatives
Emily Prey is a Senior Analyst for Special Initiatives at the Newlines Institute. Prior to joining the Newlines Institute, Prey served as Project Manager of the Financial Integration in Displacement Initiative of the International Rescue Committee at Tufts University. She has also worked with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and several global NGOs.
Prey is a child protection and gender specialist with several years of experience working in international development settings and has lived in Southeast Asia, East Africa, and the Middle East. Her areas of research include child marriage, human trafficking, and transitional justice.
She obtained her Masters in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and her Bachelors in History from Williams College. She tweets at @eepreylove.
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