Letta Tayler researches terrorism and counterterrorism as a part of Human Rights Watch's emergencies division. Her focus includes violations by the extremist group Islamic State (also known as ISIS) in Iraq, and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen, drone strikes and other targeted killings, repatriations from Guantánamo Bay, and counterterrorism policies at the United Nations Security Council. In 2011-12, Tayler also directed Human Rights Watch’s work on the Yemen uprising and transition Before joining Human Rights Watch in 2008, Tayler was a journalist for more than two decades, most recently at Newsday. She was one of the first reporters to detail prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib. In reporting from three dozen countries, she also chronicled events ranging from the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the bombings of Tora Bora to the first presidential campaign of Barack Obama. Tayler is a former rock music critic. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Barnard College and speaks English, Spanish, French and Italian.
Senior Researcher, Terrorism/Counterterrorism