Laura is a researcher with the Health and Human Rights Division at Human Rights Watch, where her current project focuses on human rights violations of chronic pain patients amidst the opioid overdose crisis in the US. Before joining Human Rights Watch, she worked as a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press. She was based in Russia and Ukraine and wrote about the conflict in eastern Ukraine, business and corruption, and social issues, including the rights of LGBT people, drug users, and orphans in Russia. Laura graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Slavic Studies and history in 2012. She speaks Russian, and is proficient in Spanish and Italian.