As EISF Research Advisor, Raquel Vazquez was responsible for conducting and coordinating research that helps share and promote best practice amongst the humanitarian sector, with the aim of building the capacity for security risk management. Raquel also collaborated with other bodies undertaking research projects in the sector. Prior to joining EISF, Raquel worked in Libya, Israel, and Bangladesh for different humanitarian and human rights organisations, and contributed to publications on the rights of victims of armed violence and conflict.
She also volunteered in Western Sahara and India and led field research for a National Geographic project on religious persecution during Pol Pot’s regime. She has been awarded numerous fellowships and grants for conflict and justice-related research, including a Planethood Foundation Fellowship to assist the prosecution during the UN-backed Khmer Rouge Trials in Cambodia. She has also been part of the Situation Analysis Section of the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and assisted in investigations conducted by the UK charity Reprieve for the defence of Guantánamo detainees and victims of drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen.
Raquel coordinated the Communications Technology and Security Risk Management Project and co-edited the first publication of this project, Communications Technology and Humanitarian Delivery: Challenges and Opportunities for Security Risk Management. You can follower her on Twitter under @vasquezllorente