Patricia Stottlemyer (@p_stottlemyer) is Associate Attorney for National Security and Refugee Representation at Human Rights First, where her work focuses on the intersections of national security and human rights law. She previously was the organization’s Rule of Law and Human Rights Fellow. Her legal analysis and policy advocacy are grounded in the interaction of domestic and international legal frameworks for the use of force, detention, and the rule of law. Patricia also advocates for U.S. immigration policies that comply with international and domestic obligations governing refugee protection and access to asylum.
Patricia obtained her juris doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was a Toll Public Interest Scholar and a senior editor on the Journal of Constitutional Law. While at Penn Law, she also obtained a graduate certificate in Middle East and Islamic Studies. Prior to law school, Patricia worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Project on Middle East Democracy, and was a recipient of the State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship for Modern Standard Arabic. She has a B.A. in international politics with a specialization in the MENA region, and a minor in Arabic, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.