Gretchen Kuhner holds a degree in International Relations from Occidental College, a J.D. from Seattle University, and has conducted migration studies at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City. She is Director of the Institute for Women in Migration (IMUMI), a non-profit organization based in Mexico City that advocates for the rights of women migrants in the region through legal representation, policy advocacy and strategic communication. She has consulted with various institutions on migration and human trafficking projects including UN Women, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, and the American Bar Association.