Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Pinar was an LL.M. student at UCLA School of Law, where she worked on conflict related sexual violence against men and boys in Turkey and Syria for All Survivors Project's report "Destroyed From Within". Pinar was a member of the International Human Rights Clinic at UCLA, where she conducted research on juvenile justice issues in the US and worked with youth in B.J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall. Pinar previously worked as an attorney at Baker Mckenzie Istanbul office for three years, where she represented business clients in international transactions. Meanwhile, Pinar founded Yenikoy Rotaract, a non-governmental organization in Turkey, which mainly works on projects related to children’s rights, women’s rights and disability rights. She was also the President of Yenikoy Rotaract in 2016. Pinar holds an LL.M. from UCLA School of Law with a dual concentration in International and Comparative Law and Law and Sexuality and a law degree (LL.B.) from KOC University in Istanbul. She is a native speaker of Turkish and fluent in English and French.