Migration and Protection Campaign Lead
Isra Chaker leads Oxfam America’s Migration and Protection Campaign, managing a dynamic team that works to defend and support refugees, Temporary Protected Status holders, and asylum-seekers. Isra leads efforts to influence public opinion and policymakers, often collaborating with NGO coalitions and partners across multiple sectors.
Isra previously served as the Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator at Syria Relief and Development; a humanitarian NGO working in Syria, where she consulted on gender justice and spoke at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Isra is a Public Advocate for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency USA (UNRWA USA) and an active social media influencer, reaching more than 200,000 people of people on her platform, @Israspeaks.
Isra has been interviewed on Democracy Now, ABC News, Al Jazeera, CNN, the Associated Press, AJ+, and NowThis, among others. She was recently chosen by the Amplifier Foundation as one of the ten faces of the We the Future campaign, which will bring educational resources on social justice topics into more than 20,000 schools across the country.
From 2008-2012, Isra served as a Fellow and grassroots organizer for President Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns in Colorado. Isra received her bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Colorado Boulder and her master’s degree in Global Affairs and Public Policy from George Mason University.