Alison Parker, director of Human Rights Watch's US Program, is responsible for guiding the organization's work on human rights and the US criminal justice system, victims' rights, US counterterrorism policy, and the rights of immigrants in the United States. Previously, she served as the organization's acting director of refugee policy, where she documented and advocated against violations of the rights of refugees around the world.
Ms. Parker has conducted human rights investigations in US immigration detention centers; in refugee camps in West Africa, East Africa, and Central Asia; and in US prisons, including a landmark examination of the sentencing of youth offenders to life without the possibility of parole. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Oxford University's Refugee Studies Programme, Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and Columbia Law School, Ms. Parker joined Human Rights Watch in 2001. Prior to joining HRW, she worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and practiced law in New York with Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton.