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Kelsey Syms

Program Manager, Human Rights & Freedom Program

Kelsey Syms serves as the program manager for the Human Rights & Freedom Program at the McCain Institute. In this role, she oversees the development and implementation of programmatic work, as well as advances the program's convening power and external relations.

Prior to joining the McCain Institute, Kelsey interned for the Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section assisting attorney staff in performing legal and factual research in support of the investigation and prosecution of complex criminal matters, including human trafficking.

Originally from Sun Valley, Idaho, Kelsey holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Colorado – Boulder and a master’s degree in Global Leadership and Management from Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management.

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