Senior Researcher, Health and Human Rights

Jane Cohen is a researcher in the Health and Human Rights Division at Human Rights Watch, where her work focuses on human rights violations around development and environmental issues in Asia and Africa. Cohen has investigated the worst lead poisoning epidemic in history, taking place in Nigeria, and Japan’s inadequate response to the Fukushima nuclear plant explosion. In China, she researched the acute and long-term health consequences of a generation children continuously exposed to toxic levels of lead. In addition to her work on environmental health, Cohen has conducted extensive research on the lack of access in China to effective drug dependency treatment as well as human rights abuses related to anti-narcotics policies. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Cohen worked on public health issues in China.