Senior Researcher, Western Europe

Judith Sunderland, senior Western Europe researcher with the Europe and Central Asia division, works on issues related to discrimination and intolerance, migration and asylum policy, and counterterrorism.  Her recent work has  included research and advocacy on racist violence in Italy and Greece, police abuse affecting minority youth in France, deaths of migrants and asylum seekers in the Mediterranean, and counterterrorism cooperation with countries that torture.  Sunderland previously worked in Human Rights Watch's women's rights division, covering Latin America. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Sunderland worked as a UN human rights observer in the UN Mission in Guatemala, and as a journalist covering Central America. Sunderland is a graduate of Columbia University's School for International and Public Affairs and the University of Chicago. She speaks French, Spanish, and Italian.