Laura is a researcher working on older people’s rights with the Disability Rights Division at Human Rights Watch. She most recently worked with the Europe and Central Asia Division of Human Rights Watch, including on disability rights and older people’s rights. 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.