Our Experts

Human Rights Watch's expert staff includes country specialists, lawyers, journalists, advocates, and academics of diverse backgrounds and nationalities. These experts conduct fact-finding missions and investigate human rights abuses, impartially reporting on the human right conditions in some 90 countries. Their facts are then used in our targeted advocacy to promote human rights and justice around the world.

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Leadership

Executive Director
Deputy Executive Director, Development and Global Initiatives
Deputy Executive Director, External Relations
Deputy Executive Director, Program
Deputy Executive Director of Operations

Experts

Asia Director
Director, Health and Human Rights
Executive Director, Africa Division
Director, Emergencies
Executive Director, Children’s Rights Division
Director, International Justice Program
Director, Refugee Program
Director, Business and Human Rights
Executive Director, Women's Rights Division
Global Advocacy Director
United Nations, Global Advocacy
Executive Director, Arms Division
Tunisia and Algeria Researcher, Middle East and North Africa Division
Tunisia and Algeria
Director, US Program
Immigrants' rights, juvenile life without parole
Director, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Program
Executive Director, Americas Division
Director, Europe and Central Asia
Germany, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan
Executive Director, Middle East and North Africa Division
Special Advisor, Program
Albania, Kosovo, Libya, Israel/Palestine
Senior Researcher, Business and Human Rights
Advocacy and Communications Director, Middle East and North Africa Division
Middle East and North Africa
Director, Multimedia
Senior Legal Adviser
Researcher, Asia Division
Director, Disability Rights
Advocacy Director, Children's Rights Division
United Nations Director
United Nations
Counsel and Spokesperson
US Media Director
Associate Director, Europe & Central Asia Division, Children's Rights Division
Senior Researcher, Africa Division
Senior Advocate, Children's Rights Division
Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare
Brazil Director, Americas Division
Senior Researcher, Health and Human Rights
Environment
Researcher, Asia Division
Middle East Researcher
Researcher, Russia
Senior Research Assistant, Western Europe
Greece
Director, Communications
Senior Counsel, US Program
Sexual assault victims' rights
Deputy Director, Europe and Central Asia Division
Geneva Advocacy Director
United Nations
Advocacy Director, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Program
Japan Director
Senior Researcher, Arms Division
Director of Global Affairs
Senior Researcher, Africa Division
Senior Researcher/Advocate for International Financial Institutions
Senior Counsel, International Justice Program
Researcher, Middle East and North Africa Division
Syria and Lebanon
Director, France
France Advocacy
Researcher, Children's Rights Division
Migrant children, unaccompanied children, and refugee children
Senior Advisor, US Program
Criminal Justice System
Researcher, Europe and Central Asia Division
Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina
South Asia Director
Senior Researcher, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Program
Sub-Saharan Africa
Advocacy Director, US Program
Senior Researcher
Deputy Director, Middle East and North Africa Division
Indonesia Researcher
Counsel, International Justice Program
Senior Researcher, Emergencies
Senior Researcher, Africa Division
Senior Researcher, Arms Division
Deputy Director, Middle East and North Africa Division
Counsel, International Justice Program
Southern Africa director, Africa Division
Senior Researcher, Women's Rights Division
women's rights in Asia
US Southern State Policy Advocate
Associate Director, International Justice Program
Senior Researcher, Children's Rights Division
Child labor and child health in extractive industries
Researcher, Women's Rights Division
women's rights in the Americas
Deputy Director, Africa Division
Researcher, Western Europe
Western Europe
Advocacy Director, European Union
EU Advocacy
Associate Director, Health and Human Rights
Palliative care; drug policy
Russia Program Director
Researcher, US Program
Women's Rights in Syria researcher
Children's Rights Researcher
Children's Rights
Senior Researcher, Asia Division
Advocacy Director, International Justice Program
Senior Researcher, Africa Division
Deputy Director, US Program
Senior Researcher, Health and Human Rights
HIV, sex workers, and prison health in the US
Senior Researcher, US Program
Immigrants' rights
UK Director
UK Advocacy
Director, Germany
Germany Advocacy
Senior Researcher, Business and Human Rights
Researcher, US Program
Criminal Justice System
Africa researcher
Researcher, Women's Rights Divison
women's rights emergencies
Digital Director
Senior Researcher, Women's Rights Division
women's rights in Africa
Deputy Program Director
Senior Researcher, Health and Human Rights
Environmental health; drug policy
Australia Director
Deputy Director, Africa Division
Senior Researcher, Asia Division
Senior National Security Researcher, US Program
US Counterterrorism
Deputy Program Director
Deputy Washington Director
US National Security
Senior Legal Advisor
Researcher, Women’s Rights Division
women's rights in the US and Canada
China Director
Central Asia Researcher
Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan
Deputy Director, Asia Division
Quantitative Analyst
Legal and Policy Director
Libya Researcher, Middle East and North Africa Division
Libya
Researcher, Middle East and North Africa Division
Iran
Deputy Program Director
Senior Researcher, Democratic Republic of Congo
Democratic Republic of Congo
Deputy Director, Children's Rights Division
Attacks on Schools, Teachers, and Students
Asia Advocacy Director
Senior Researcher and Advocate, Refugee Program
Senior Researcher, Turkey
Turkey
Senior Counsel, International Justice Program
Senior Researcher, Emergencies
Senior Advisor, Asia Division
Malaysia, Singapore
Deputy Director, Middle East and North Africa Division
European Media Director
Senior Researcher, Western Europe
France, Greece, Italy
Central Asia Researcher
Advocacy Director, Europe and Central Asia Division
Researcher, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Program
Sub-Saharan Africa
Senior Researcher, Terrorism/Counterterrorism
Researcher, Asia Division
Global Advocate, Women's Rights Division
women's rights in Europe and Central Asia
Senior Researcher, Africa Division
Associate Director, Women’s Rights Division
women's rights in Asia and Africa
Deputy Director, Women’s Rights Division
women's rights in the US
Advocacy Director, Arms Division
Deputy Director, Europe and Central Asia Division
United Kingdom
Managing Director, Americas Division
Senior Researcher, Internet and Human Rights
Internet and Human Rights
Director of Global Initiatives
Yemen and Kuwait Researcher, Middle East and North Africa Division
Yemen and Kuwait
Satellite Imagery Analyst
Researcher, Disability Rights Division
Researcher, Children's Rights Division
Children's Rights