Linda Lakhdhir

Linda Lakhdhir

Legal Advisor, Asia Division
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Linda Lakhdhir is a legal advisor in the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch focusing on the criminalization of speech and assembly in the region. She is a former criminal prosecutor for the US Justice Department in New York, where she served as coordinator of civil rights prosecutions and then as Deputy Chief of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force. She has taught US criminal, constitutional, and civil rights law at Gakushuin University in Tokyo; served as the president of the Foreign Women Lawyers Association of Japan; and co-headed a program to provide pro bono legal services to foreign workers in Tokyo. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Harvard Law School.