As Co-Director of the US Program, Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno guides Human Rights Watch’s work on national security, criminal justice, immigration, surveillance, and drug policy in the United States.
Previously, as Deputy Washington Director for Human Rights Watch, McFarland Sánchez-Moreno conducted advocacy before the US government on a wide array of global human rights issues, including matters related to the Middle East and North Africa during the “Arab uprisings” of 2011. Earlier, she held the position of Senior Americas Researcher, covering Colombia's internal armed conflict and working on the extradition and trial of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori.
McFarland Sánchez-Moreno holds a law degree from New York University School of Law and did most of her undergraduate studies in Lima, Peru, before completing her BA at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a native speaker of both Spanish and English.
"Deadly Threats: Successors to the Paramilitaries in Colombia ," (February 2010)
"Your Reaction to NSA Curbs," on BBC World Service’s “World Have Your Say” (January 2014)
Interview with PBSNewshour "Why Does U.S. Having Varying Responses to Mid-East Unrest?"
- Journal ArticlePublished in Harvard International Review
- CommentaryPublished in Al-Jazeera America
The New Face of Violence in Colombia
Obstacles to Justice for Paramilitary Mafias in Colombia
Guerrilla Use of Antipersonnel Landmines and other Indiscriminate Weapons in Colombia
Evidence Implicating Fujimori
Colombia’s demobilization of paramilitary groups