Sarah Martin joined Refugees International in 2003 where she works to build greater awareness of gender issues and incorporates a gender analysis of refugee situations. In the last year, Ms. Martin has conducted missions to Sudan, West Africa, Zimbabwe and South Africa where she has focused on gender issues in peacekeeping, HIV/AIDS, and gender-based violence. She was instrumental in urging the Government of South Africa to increase protection for asylum seekers and step up the processing of asylum claims of Zimbabweans. Prior to joining RI, Ms. Martin worked with the Reproductive Health for Refugees Consortium’s Gender-Based Violence Global Technical Support Project in Sierra Leone and Nepal. She has also researched the impact of reproductive health programs on social norms in Bangladesh and Vietnam with the Empowerment of Women Research Project and examined incidences of gender-based violence for clandestine users of contraceptives in Mali at Family Health International. Ms. Martin received her Masters in International Development with a concentration on gender and anthropology from George Washington University, and her B.A. at the University of South Carolina. She is also certified as a trainer in gender and development by the Royal Tropical Institute of the Netherlands.