Janet Walsh is the deputy director of the Women’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch. Since joining the organization in 2002, she has spearheaded innovative and impactful projects on domestic and sexual violence; sexual and reproductive rights; women’s land and property rights; family laws; the rights of women workers; and work-family policies.
Many media outlets have run her opinion pieces, including The New York Times – Women in the World, CNN, The Hill, Open Democracy, The Chicago Tribune, The Houston Chronicle, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Global Post, The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, and local publications in various countries. She provides interviews to media outlets, including NPR, BBC, PBS, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, Newsweek, ABC News, MSNBC, The Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, Deutsche Welle, Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg, AP, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Australian Broadcast Corporation, and Voice of America. She has made public presentations before the United Nations, human rights bodies, government agencies, academic institutions, and other audiences.
Before joining Human Rights Watch, Janet was an attorney in several New York law firms. She represented business clients in international transactions and advised individuals in pro bono political asylum and domestic violence cases. She also worked for the United Nations’ legal division, where she handled employment and commercial law matters for peacekeeping missions and UN agencies.
Janet has a law degree (J.D.) from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall), and an LL.M. in international and comparative law from the University of Cologne, Germany. She is a member of the New York bar association. She studied journalism as an undergraduate at Arizona State University. She speaks intermediate German and Spanish.
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