Emily Arnold-Fernández

After learning that refugees often spend decades in camps, Emily founded Asylum Access in 2005. Her achievements have earned her numerous accolades, including the Equality and Nondiscrimination Award from Mexico’s National Council to Prevent Discrimination (2016); the prestigious Grinnell Prize (2013); and recognition by the Dalai Lama as one of 50 “Unsung Heroes of Compassion” (2009).

Emily was selected as a Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Stanford University in Fall 2012 and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Oxford University’s Refugee Studies Centre. She holds a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Pomona College.