Letta Tayler researches terrorist acts and counterterrorism tactics. Her focus includes Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, 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, particularly impunity for violations by state security forces. 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 allegations of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib and has written extensively about detainees at Guantánamo. 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 London subway attacks and 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