Jessica Evans is the senior researcher and advocate working on international financial institutions at Human Rights Watch. She has investigated human rights violations in which the World Bank and other international financial institutions have been implicated and advocates for these institutions to recognize their own rights obligations and uphold human rights through their policies and practices.
Evans was formerly the Philippines researcher for Human Rights Watch. There, she investigated political killings, torture, and abductions and encouraged Philippine government officials to implement systemic changes to stop the killings and hold perpetrators accountable.
Prior to joining Human Rights Watch in 2009, Evans practiced law in Perth, Western Australia, where she also worked as the attorney general's principal policy officer, running his law reform agenda. In Fiji, she investigated human rights abuses by the military government following the December 2006 coup d'état. Evans received degrees in law, politics, and international studies from Murdoch University and her master's in international human rights from the Columbia University School of Law.
- Book chapter, “Human Rights: Why and How the World Bank Should Pursue Abuse-Free Development and Protect Against Rights Violations Linked to its Projects,” 2018
- Report, “We Can’t Refuse to Pick Cotton”: Forced and Child Labor Linked to World Bank Group Investments in Uzbekistan, 2017
- Journal article, “The World Bank in Uzbekistan: Labour Standards Take a Back Seat,” 24(1) International Union Rights, 2017
- Journal article, “The Record of International Financial Institutions on Business and Human Rights,” 1(2) Business and Human Rights Journal, July 2016
- Independent expert report commissioned by Newmont Mining Corporation (coauthored with Profs. J Anaya and D. Kemp): Free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) within a human rights framework: Lessons from a Suriname case study, 2017
- Discrimination, Inequality & Poverty-A Human Rights Perspective, 2012
Forced and Child Labor Linked to World Bank Group Investments in Uzbekistan
Reprisals against Critics of World Bank Group Projects
The Impact of Mining on Human Rights in Karamoja, Uganda
How the World Bank Should Safeguard Against Human Rights Violations
Killings, Disappearances, and Impunity in the Philippines
The Ampatuans, State-Backed Militias, and Killings in the Southern Philippines