Associate Director, Program/Emergencies

Dr. Anna Neistat, associate director for Program and the Emergencies division and a specialist in humanitarian crises, works to investigate and expose human rights violations in crisis situations on a rapid-response basis. In her capacity as associate director in the Program office, she develops and implements staff training in the areas of security and research methodolgy. She has experience working in Haiti, Zimbabwe, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Armenia, Belarus, Israel, the Philippines and Kenya. Previously, as director of Human Rights Watch's Moscow office, Neistat worked on the conflict in Chechnya and other human rights problems in the former Soviet Union, and acted as the organization's spokesperson in the region. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Neistat worked for "Echo of Moscow," Russia's leading radio station, the Open Society Institute, and as a constitutional law researcher at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. Neistat holds an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School, a J.D. and Ph.D. in law, and an M.S. in history and philology.

In July 2014, Neistat joined our colleague organization, Amnesty International, as their head of research.