Hillary Margolis is a researcher on Europe and Central Asia with the Women’s Rights Division. Her current work focuses on violence against women in the region, with emphasis on domestic violence. Her previous work at Human Rights Watch documented the impact of the conflict in Syria on women and girls, including exploitation and harassment in refugee settings, abuse of women in detention, and risks facing female activists and household heads.
Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, she worked on women’s and children’s rights in Southeast Asia and Africa. She led programs to support survivors of sexual and gender-based violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and eastern Chad, and conducted research on women’s and children’s rights in Cambodian prisons. Hillary earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, where she specialized in women’s rights and conflict.
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