Amanda Klasing is a researcher in the women’s rights division of Human Rights Watch. Her work focuses on sexual and domestic violence, reproductive rights, and economic and social rights throughout the region.
Her work prior to joining Human Rights Watch includes indigenous rights in Mexico, transitional justice in Peru, Dalit rights in India, and human rights abuses in the "War on Terror." She has also worked more broadly on immigrant rights and economic, social, and cultural rights. Amanda served as principal investigator in a project on the right to water in Port-de-Paix, Haiti, a joint project founded by Partners in Health, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights, and the New York University School of Law. She was the Robert F. Kennedy Social Justice Fellow from 2008-2009 and a fellow at Human Rights Watch from 2010-2011.
Amanda has been published in peer-reviewed journals on the right to water and on human rights and humanitarian response, and she is a contributing author of an academic book on health and human rights. She has been the author or co-author of six reports, including four at Human Rights Watch, that cover a range of human rights topics: the prosecution of former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier of Haiti, women’s rights in post-earthquake Haiti, sexual violence against women displaced by conflict in Colombia, and illegal and unsafe abortions for rape victims in Ecuador. Amanda has also been a contributing author on Human Rights Watch publications related to the post-2015 development agenda, calling for a strong focus on gender equality and women’s rights. Her op-eds have run in Jurist, The Hill, and the Huffington Post. She has made radio and TV appearances on outlets including the BBC, CCTV, and CNN Spanish.
Amanda holds 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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Illegal Abortion after Rape in Ecuador
Obstacles to Health, Justice, and Protection for Displaced Victims of Gender-Based Violence in Colombia
Failure to Protect Women’s and Girls’ Right to Health and Security in Post-Earthquake Haiti
The Case of Jean-Claude Duvalier