Associate Director, Europe & Central Asia Division, Children's Rights Division

Jane Buchanan is Associate Director of the Europe and Central Asia Division and since 2013 is also serving part-time as Associate Director in the Children’s Rights Division, focusing on child labor. She has investigated hazardous child labor in United States tobacco farming and abuses against migrant tobacco workers in Kazakhstan. She led Human Rights Watch’s research and advocacy on abuses linked to Russia’s preparations for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, including exploitation of migrant workers, forced evictions, and harassment of activists and journalists, as well as abuses linked to Azerbaijan’s hosting of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. She also supervises and conducts research and advocacy on human rights issues in several other countries of the Former Soviet Union. As a Human Rights Watch 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 degree in Russian from Bowdoin College.