Erin Patrick is senior program officer for the Women's Refugee Commission’s Fuel and Firewood Initiative. She has been working in refugee policy and humanitarian response programs since 2001 and has written extensively on human rights and gender-based violence, largely focused on the African context. She is a co-author of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs book No Refuge: The Challenge of Internal Displacement (2003). She has worked for the Migration Policy Institute, Human Rights Watch, the Kettering Foundation and for CNN terrorism analyst Peter Bergen.
The Women's Refugee Commission’s Fuel and Firewood Initiative is aimed at reducing the vulnerability of displaced women and girls to violence during firewood collection by creating a coordinated global fuel strategy for displacement crises and developing and promoting alternative fuels and fuel technologies for use in humanitarian settings worldwide, via an InterAgency Standing Committee Task Force and a global network on household energy interventions in humanitarian settings.
Patrick holds an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).