Amanda Klasing

Director, Incubator Phase, US Democracy Initiative; Program Lead, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
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Amanda Klasing, with more than 15 years of experience developing evidence-based innovations and partnerships that drive rights advancements, is leading two new initiatives at Human Rights Watch. Amanda is the Director of the Incubator Phase of the United States Democracy Initiative, a three-year program to address key challenges to US democracy through a human-rights based approach. She also is the first-ever monitoring, evaluation, and learning lead at Human Rights Watch. She leads the organization’s work to develop values-based process and outcome metrics for human rights impacts across the organization. She was the interim/acting co-director of the Women's Rights Division from 2018-2021. Her work focuses on economic and social rights, sexual and domestic violence, reproductive rights and the impact of structural racism on women's health outcomes, and the rights of Indigenous Peoples. She is a specialist in the rights to water and sanitation.

Amanda has carried out research and advocacy on a number of human rights issues including: racial disparities in cervical cancer deaths in the United States; the First Nations water crisis in Canada; the rights of women and girls affected by Zika in Brazil and by the earthquake in Haiti; sexual violence and other forms of violence against women displaced by conflict in Colombia; accountability for victims of former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier of Haiti; the relationship between women’s and girls’ human rights and access to good menstrual hygiene management; and the rights to water and sanitation in schools. Amanda has worked to advance participatory research and partnership models throughout her human rights work. She has advocated with legislators and parliamentarians, public health officials, United Nations agencies, and civil servants in governments around the world. She has spoken before numerous United Nations human rights bodies.

Amanda has published in peer-reviewed journals on interdisciplinary research to advance socioeconomic rights, the right to water, and on human rights and humanitarian response. She is a contributing author of an academic book on health and human rights. She is a co-founder of the Human Rights Methodology Lab, a collaboration that fosters innovation to improve human rights research methodologies across disciplines.

Amanda holds a BA in Foreign Languages and a BS in Anthropology from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas), a master’s degree in social sciences from the University of Chicago, and a law degree from New York University, where she received the Vanderbilt Medal for outstanding contributions to the Law School.

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