Julia Drost serves as the Advisor to the Women's Human Rights Program at Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) in Washington, DC. Previously, she worked as the Policy & Advocacy Associate for Amnesty International USA's Women's Human Rights Program. As the principal advocate for AIUSA's women’s rights priorities within Congress, the administration, and amongst coalition partners, Julia utilizes advocacy, issue expertise, public education and membership mobilization to make strides towards ending gender-based violence in the US and globally, securing women's rights to political participation, promoting sexual and reproductive rights, supporting women’s and LGBT human rights defenders, and ensuring US action in support of Afghan women’s rights and security.
Julia specializes in prevention and response to gender-based violence, women's empowerment, gender equality and the women, peace and security agenda, particularly with regard to Afghanistan. Her track record of successful policy and advocacy efforts in Congress includes, but is not limited to, attaining the highest number of bipartisan supporters for the International Violence Against Women Act, supporting successful appropriations strategies, and inclusion of several amendments to the annual National Defense Authorization Act, many of which were passed into law. She has an in-depth knowledge of and connections in Congress, the administration, international organizations, NGOs and civil society.
Julia manages AIUSA's co-leadership of a 200+ member coalition to end gender-based violence globally and with coalition partners, focuses significant efforts on advocating for the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) on Capitol Hill. Julia supported AIUSA's efforts to secure inclusion of Section 1223 on Afghan women's rights and security in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Public Law 112-239, and is presiding over similar efforts this year.
Prior to joining AIUSA in May 2012, Julia served as Legislative Assistant and Scheduling Director to U.S. Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) in Washington for nearly four years. Her issue areas included: women’s issues (primarily reproductive rights, health care, and violence against women), public lands, arts & humanities, science, and related appropriations. Julia began her work on Capitol Hill interning for Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD) following her 2008 graduation from the University of Vermont where she earned B.A.'s in political science and English with a focus on gender studies.
Julia is currently finalizing a MSc program in Gender, Policy & Inequalities from the London School of Economics' Gender Institute while continuing part-time advisory role for Amnesty International USA's women's human rights program.
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Panel discusses International Violence Against Women Act
Stories Beneath the Shell News [April 3, 2014]
UK-led Call to Action to End Violence Against Women and Girls in Emergencies
Global Justice Center Blog [December 4, 2013]
U.S. steps up protection of women in war
Women Under Siege [November 6, 2013]
Building Peace Through Women
The Daily Beast; Women in the World [August 6, 2013]
Amnesty International Talk on Women's Rights
Stowe Today 
Human Rights Now Blow
Can Angelina Jolie Pitts center on women and conflict create change?
Women Under Siege, WMC [April 2, 2015]
Activists Stress Urgency of Stalled Violence Bill
Women's E-News/Reuters [September 23, 2014]
Women Alert to Travel's Darker Side
New York Times [May 3, 2014]
U.S. Bans Visas For War Rapists
Buzzfeed [February 25, 2014]
Acid Attacks: Preventing a Common Practice of Violence Against Women
Human Rights Brief [February 20, 2014]
Women's Champions Cheer a Victory in Afghanistan
Women's eNews/Reuters [February 20, 2014]
On Valentine's Day, One Billion Rise Up To End Violence Against Women
Mint Press News [February 14, 2014]
Pull Up a Chair! Tell Congress You Want Women at the Peacemaking Table
AIUSA [August 1, 2013]