Jane Buchanan, associate director of the Europe and Central Asia Division, leads Human Rights Watch's research and advocacy on abuses against migrant workers in the former Soviet Union. She has investigated abuses against migrant tobacco workers in Kazakhstan and against migrant construction workers in Russia. She has also conducted research and advocacy on Russia's implementation of European Court of Human Rights judgments on Chechnya, abuses by Russian and Georgian military forces during the 2008 conflict in South Ossetia, and other human rights abuses in Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan. As a fellow, Buchanan initiated Human Rights Watch's work on Ukraine with investigations into media censorship and employment discrimination against women.
Before joining Human Rights Watch, Buchanan served as the executive director of the Russian Justice Initiative, which provided legal services to victims of the war in Chechnya. She earned a master's degree in international affairs and economics from Johns Hopkins University and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's in Russian from Bowdoin College.