Christina Asencio has been with the Florence Project since September 2022. Prior to this, she spent a decade working in refugee protection as an asylum and human rights attorney in the Americas, Asia and the Middle East. Christina worked with Asylum Access providing free legal assistance to refugees in their asylum claims both in Ecuador and Thailand before joining the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She worked with UNHCR in the Dominican Republic, Jordan and most recently, Brazil, in various roles including adjudicating complex asylum claims. In her last role as Head of Protection with UNHCR Brazil, she oversaw the national refugee protection response to the large influx of Venezuelan refugees and migrants and provided technical support to the Brazilian asylum authority.
Christina is a graduate of Boston University School of Law where she was awarded a post-graduate Public Service Fellowship to work representing refugees in Ecuador, and is a graduate of the University of Miami where she earned her B.A. cum laude in political science and international relations with a minor in foreign languages. A native of Miami, Florida, she speaks Spanish and Portuguese. She is licensed to practice law in Florida, New York and Massachusetts. Christina loves spending time outdoors and enjoys exploring Arizona with her husband and two littlest adventurers in tow.
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