Director, Health and Human Rights

Joe Amon is the Director of the Health and Human Rights Division at Human Rights Watch. Since joining Human Rights Watch in 2005, Joe has worked on a wide range of issues including access to medicines; the impact of discrimination on access to prevention and treatment; censorship and the denial of health information; arbitrary detention; and the role of civil society in the response to infectious disease outbreaks and environmental health threats. Between January 2009 and June 2013 he oversaw Human Rights Watch's work on disability rights. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Joe worked for more than 15 years conducting research, designing programs, and evaluating public health interventions. Amon is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the International AIDS Society, the UNAIDS reference group on HIV and Human Rights, and the steering committee of the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition. In addition, he is an associate in the department of epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and a lecturer in public and international affairs at Princeton University. In 2012 he was a distinguished visiting lecturer at the Paris School of International Affairs of SciencesPo. Amon has a master's degree in tropical medicine and a Ph.D. in epidemiology. 
 
Journal Articles:
Amon JJ, Schleifer R, Pearshouse R, Cohen JE. Compulsory Drug Detention in East and Southeast Asia: Evolving Government, UN and Donor Responses. International Journal of Drug Policy 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23830970
 
Todrys KW, Howe E, Amon JJFailing Siracusa: Governments’ Obligations to Find the Least Restrictive Options for Tuberculosis Control. Public Health Action. 3(1), 2013, 7-10(4). http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/iuatld/pha/2013/00000003/00000001/art00005
 
Wurth MH, Schleifer R, McLemore M, Todrys KW, Amon JJ. Condoms as Evidence of Prostitution in the US and the Criminalization of Sex Work. Journal of the International AIDS Society 2013, 16:18626. http://www.jiasociety.org/index.php/jias/article/view/18626
 
Cohen JE, Amon JJ. China’s Lead Poisoning Crisis. Health and Human Rights Journal. 2012: 14. http://www.hhrjournal.org/2013/08/14/lead-poisoning-in-china-a-health-and-human-rights-crisis/
Amon JJ, Buchanan J, Cohen J, Kippenberg J. Child Labor and Environmental Health: Government Obligations and Human Rights. International Journal Pediatrics. 2012, #938306. http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijped/2012/938306/
 
Dekker AM, Amon JJ, le Roux KW, Gaunt CB. What is Killing Me Most: Chronic Pain and the Need for Palliative Care in Eastern Cape, South Africa. Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy. 2012;26:1–7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23216172
 
Amon JJ, Beyrer C, Baral S., Kass N. Human Rights Research and Ethics Review: Protecting Individuals or Protecting the State? PLoS Med 9(10): e1001325. Oct 2012. http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1001325
 
Biehl J, Amon JJ, Socal MP, Petryna A. Between the Court and the Clinic: Lawsuits for medicines and the right to health in Brazil. Health and Human Rights Journal. June 2012. http://www.hhrjournal.org/2013/08/19/between-the-court-and-the-clinic-lawsuits-for-medicines-and-the-right-to-health-in-brazil/
 
Pearshouse R, Amon JJ. The Ethics of Research in Compulsory Drug Detention Centers in Asia. Journal of the International AIDS Society. 2012, 15:18491. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3516672/
 
Kyoma M, Todrys KW, Amon JJLaws against sodomy and the HIV epidemic in African prisons. Lancet, 2012, 380 (9839): 310 - 312. http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(12)60682-5/fulltext#article_upsell
 
Jürgens R, Csete J, Amon JJ, Baral S, Beyrer C. People who use drugs, HIV, and human rights. Lancet 2010 Jul 20. http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(10)60830-6/abstract
 
Lohman D, Schleifer R, Amon JJAccess to Pain Treatment as a Human Right. BMC Medicine. BMC Med. 2010 Jan 20;8(1):8 http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/8/8
 
Amon JJ, Girard F, Keshavjee S. Limitations on human rights in the context of drug-resistant tuberculosis: A reply to Boggio et al. Health and Human Rights: An International Journal 11/1 (2009). http://hhrjournal.org/blog/perspectives/limitations-tb/