Racism and Human Rights

Human Rights Watch Delegation to the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance

Reed Brody, Advocacy Director
Reed Brody directs HRW's campaigns to halt government abuse. At the 1993 UN World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna, he was elected to the NGO Liaison Committee and chosen to coordinate "lobbying" for the 2,700 NGO representatives present. His work on the cases against Chile's Augusto Pinochet and Chad's Hisséne Habrè was recently featured in a French TV documentary "The Dictator Hunter." He has led United Nations teams investigating massacres in the Democratic Republic of Congo and monitoring human rights in El Salvador. Previously, he was Director of the International Human Rights Law Group and Executive Secretary of the International Commission of Jurists. His articles have appeared in the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, le Monde, El País, the Asian Wall Street Journal, the Miami Herald, the Far Eastern Economic Review and The Economist

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LaShawn Jefferson, Women's Rights Division Director
LaShawn Jefferson joined HRW in 1993. She has written extensively on violence and discrimination against women in the Americas. She is the author/editor of numerous reports on women's human rights, including, "Rape in Haiti: A Weapon of Terror"; "No Guarantees: Sex Discrimination in Mexico's Maquiladora Sector"; "A Job or Your Rights: Continued Sex Discrimination in Mexico's Maquiladora Sector"; and "Seeking Protection: Addressing Sexual and Domestic Violence in Tanzania's Refugee Camps." LaShawn was a member of the six-person HRW delegation to the NGO Conference and the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, in 1995. She has conducted documentation training workshops with women's rights activists in the U.S., Latin America, and South Africa.

Erika George, NGO Liaison
Erika George, an attorney and consultant to Human Rights Watch, was with the organization from 1999 to 2001 with its Academic Freedom program. She recently authored the HRW report, "Scared at School: Sexual Violence Against Girls in South African Schools". The report documented how sexual violence and harassment against girls in South African schools impedes their access to education. Erika previously worked on women's human rights issues and HIV/AIDS in India. She attended the Beijing Conference on Women in 1995. Erika graduated from Harvard Law School in 1996 and earned a M.A. in International Relations from University of Chicago in 1993.

Smita Narula, Senior Researcher, Asia Division
Smita Narula oversees the organization's South Asia program, including its work on India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Smita authored "Broken People: Caste Violence Against India's 'Untouchables,'" an HRW report on caste-based violence and discrimination that affects at least 160 million "untouchables" (Dalits) in India. Smita has conducted extensive research on caste-based abuse in six Indian states, including visits to massacre sites, and interviews with hundreds of Dalit witnesses and survivors, and many government officials. A lawyer by training (Harvard J.D.) Smita has worked for HRW since September 1997.

Rachael Reilly, Refugee Policy Director
Rachael Reilly joined HRW in 1998 from UNHCR where she was the co-author and editor of the 1997 edition of UNHCR's "State of the World's Refugees: A Humanitarian Agenda." Rachael coordinates HRW research, policy, and advocacy on refugee and displacement affairs, and has helped to coordinate the group's work on refugee and displacement emergencies ranging from Kosovo, East Timor, Chechnya, Guinea, and Afghanistan. In 2000 Rachael authored a report "50 years On: What Future for Refugee Protection?" to mark the 50th anniversary of UNHCR, that charted the demise of refugee protection, particularly in industrialized states. Rachael previously worked with refugees, asylum seekers, and displaced persons in the UK, Sudan, Uganda, and Germany. She spent two and a half years working in the Bhutanese refugee camps in Nepal as the community services officer for UNHCR, and then as the field director for the large refugee education program in the camps.