Tess Borden

Tess Borden

Former Neier Fellow, US Program, September 2015 - September 2016
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Tess Borden served as the Aryeh Neier Fellow at Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union from September 2015 to September 2016. She worked in the US Program, and, focused on the intersection of drug policy and criminal justice. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Tess clerked for the Honorable George A. O’Toole, Jr. of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and was a researcher for the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. Previously, Tess worked as a summer associate at a large law firm in New York City, as a paralegal in an immigration practice in Ithaca, NY, and as an intern with Human Rights Watch in Dakar and with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. She received her bachelor’s degree from Yale College, where she majored in French, and her law degree from Harvard Law School, where she was a member of the International Human Rights Clinic and an editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal. 

Articles Authored

Reports Authored

  • The Human Toll of Criminalizing Drug Use in the United States

    Cover image of US Drug Report