Gretchen Kuhner

Director | Institute for Women in Migration


Gretchen Kuhner has a BA in International Relations with emphasis in women studies at the Occidental College in Los Angeles, USA. She’s a lawyer from the University of Seattle with studies in Migration Politics at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Consultant in migration and trafficking topics for several foundations as Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, and NGO’s like Catholic Relief Services, Asociación de la Barra Mexicana de Abogados, Sin Fronteras I.A.P., SIPAM, and academic institutions as El Colegio de la Frontera Norte.

Since 1998, she has worked migration topics in Mexico. From 2005 to 2006, she received a research grant from MacArthur Foundation to document migrant women’s situation traveling through Mexico, evidencing the need to work migration and gender topics in a more complete way.

In 2010, she cofounded the Institute for Women in Migration (IMUMI). IMUMI is a Mexican NGO that advocates for women migrants and their families within the region of Mexico, the U.S. and Central America. We address issues important to migrant women through legal strategies, research, communication, and policy reform.