Lily Foulkes graduated from Stanford in 2020 with a degree in history and human rights. She recently received a Master’s Degree in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies at Oxford University. in 2018, Lily was awarded a Human Rights Summer Fellowship to work with Esperanza Immigrant Rights as a legal aide and helped organize know-your-rights campaigns for undocumented immigrants. She was part of the first HUMRTS 108/SPANLANG 108 class that travelled to a family detention center in Dilley, Texas—which inspired her later thesis research on migration detention.
Her advocacy, research, and writing explore the historical and legal dimensions of asylum-seeking and its connection to carceral detention. She has worked on issues related to immigration detention at the local level in California, regional level at the border in both the US and Mexico, and on the international level tracking the proliferation of migration detention and offshore incarceration. Lily is available to advise and support students with questions and projects related to international migration.