Senior Researcher, Women's Rights Division

Heather Barr is a senior researcher on women’s rights in Asia in the women’s rights division of Human Rights Watch. She was previously the Human Rights Watch Afghanistan researcher. She spent six years in Afghanistan, managing human rights and justice programs for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and the UN Development Program before joining Human Rights Watch.

Heather began her legal career at the Urban Justice Center in New York  in 1997 representing people with psychosocial disabilities in the criminal justice system, including Brad H. v. City of NY, a successful class action lawsuit that compelled New York City to provide discharge planning for people with psychosocial disabilities leaving jail. She also worked for the UN in Burundi.

Heather graduated from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Columbia Law School, and the London School of Economics, which she attended on a Fulbright.