Julia Uyttewaal

Data and Research Senior Manager
She / Her / Hers

Julia believes research should be a tool for community-building, healing, and systemic change. She has been committed to social justice since her early days volunteering at a domestic violence shelter and starting an educational non-profit alongside refugees in France. At FreeFrom, Julia collaborates on community-driven, participatory research guided by survivors’ priorities and expertise. She also works to advance FreeFrom’s global research initiatives and strategy focused on building economic security for survivors around the world.

Prior to joining FreeFrom in 2022, she helped launch the Center for Human Rights, Gender and Migration at Washington University in St. Louis. There, she conducted research shoulder to shoulder with refugee and im/migrant communities to advocate for their inclusion in local COVID-19 response. She also managed multi-country studies aimed at improving response to gender-based violence among refugee and migrant communities in the Americas region and in North Africa. This work built on her earlier experience as lead researcher for the Sexual Violence Program at UC Berkeley’s Human Rights Center.

Julia holds an MA in International Development from Sciences Po Paris and a BA in Geography from UC Berkeley. In her free time, she can be found editing a literary magazine for her micro-press, training for marathons with friends, and contemplating whether or not to acquire a dog.