Andrea Prasow, deputy Washington Director at Human Rights Watch, conducts advocacy before the US government on global human rights issues. Previously, as senior national security counsel and advocate for Human Rights Watch, Prasow investigated and analyzed US national security policies and practices, and led advocacy efforts urging executive and legislative branch officials in Washington to implement national security policies that respect internationally recognized rights.
Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Prasow was a defense attorney with the Office of Military Commissions. She served as assistant counsel for Salim Hamdan in the only contested military commission trial to date. Andrea was previously an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York, where, in addition to representing large corporations in complex civil litigation she served as habeas counsel for ten Saudi detainees at Guantanamo. Her work on behalf of Guantanamo detainees has taken her to Bahrain, Yemen and Afghanistan. Andrea holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto in political science and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.