Advocacy Director, US Program

Antonio M. Ginatta is the advocacy director for the US Program at Human Rights Watch. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, he served as executive policy advisor for government operations and homeland security for Governor Chris Gregoire in Washington State, and as a legal advisor for the Washington Army National Guard. 

His work has focused on policy and legal issues that impact immigrants in the United States. He started his legal career at Columbia Legal Services, representing low-income immigrants in central Washington State. He was later appointed by Governor Gary Locke as executive director of the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs. He has also directed an immigrant inclusion project at Georgia Appleseed in Atlanta. 

He holds a bachelor's of science in foreign service from Georgetown University, a masters in criminology from Florida State University, and a law degree from the University of Florida. He is licensed to practice law in Washington and Georgia, and is fluent in Spanish.