As Co-Director of the US Program, Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno guides Human Rights Watch’s work on criminal justice, drug policy, immigration, national security, and surveillance 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 is the author of the narrative non-fiction book There Are No Dead Here: A Story of Murder and Denial in Colombia, forthcoming from Nation Books in February 2018. She 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.
"Your Reaction to NSA Curbs," on BBC World Service’s “World Have Your Say” (January 2014)
"Deadly Threats: Successors to the Paramilitaries in Colombia ," (February 2010)
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