Senior Advisor, US Program

Jamie Fellner specializes in US criminal justice issues, including prison conditions, the incarceration of the mentally ill, sentencing, the death penalty, and drug law enforcement. From 2001 to 2007, she was the first director of Human Rights Watch's US program, supervising research and advocacy on US counterterrorism policies, immigration, and the criminal justice system. Previous positions with Human Rights Watch include working as Associate Counsel and as a researcher and advocate for the Americas division. In addition, Fellner has worked for several human rights and social justice organizations and as a litigator. She earned a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley and completed doctoral studies in Latin American History at Stanford University. Fellner speaks Spanish.