Who We Are

Human Rights Watch is a nonprofit, nongovernmental human rights organization made up of roughly 400 staff members around the globe. Its staff consists of human rights professionals including country experts, lawyers, journalists, and academics of diverse backgrounds and nationalities. Established in 1978, Human Rights Watch is known for its accurate fact-finding, impartial reporting, effective use of media, and targeted advocacy, often in partnership with local human rights groups. Each year, Human Rights Watch publishes more than 100 reports and briefings on human rights conditions in some 90 countries, generating extensive coverage in local and international media. With the leverage this brings, Human Rights Watch meets with governments, the United Nations, regional groups like the African Union and the European Union, financial institutions, and corporations to press for changes in policy and practice that promote human rights and justice around the world.

Our Advisors


Link to Board of Directors
Link to Council Leadership
Link to Advisory Committees

Senior Management

Kenneth Roth, Executive Director
Michele Alexander, Deputy Executive Director, Development and Global Initiatives
Iain Levine, Deputy Executive Director, Program
Chuck Lustig, Deputy Executive Director, Operations

Walid Ayoub, Director Global IT Services (CITO)
Pierre Bairin, Media Director
Clive Baldwin, Senior Legal Advisor
Emma Daly, Communications Director
Alan S. Feldstein, General Counsel for Operations
Barbara Guglielmo, Finance and Administration Director
Peggy Hicks, Global Advocacy Director
Stephen Northfield, Digital Director
Dinah PoKempner, General Counsel
Babatunde Olugboji, Deputy Program Director
Tom Porteous, Deputy Program Director
Aisling Reidy, Senior Legal Advisor
James Ross, Legal & Policy Director
Joe Saunders, Deputy Program Director
Frances Sinha, Human Resources Director
Christine Squires,  Managing Director for North America, Development and Outreach
Jasmine Herlt, Managing Director, Development and Outreach
Miriam Mahlow, Managing Director, Development and Outreach
Elizabeth Seuling, Senior Director, Foundations and Program Liaison Office

Program Directors

Brad Adams, Asia
Joseph Amon, Health and Human Rights
Daniel Bekele, Africa
Shantha Rau Barriga, Disability Rights
Peter Bouckaert, Emergencies
Zama Coursen-Neff, Children's Rights
Richard Dicker, International Justice
Bill Frelick, Refugees
Arvind Ganesan, Business & Human Rights
Liesl Gerntholtz, Women's Rights
Steve Goose, Arms
Alison Parker, United States
Graeme Reid, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Rights
José Miguel Vivanco, Americas
Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East & North Africa
Hugh Williamson, Europe & Central Asia

Advocacy Directors


Philippe Bolopion, United Nations
Maria Laura Carineu, Brazil
Kanae Doi, Japan
Jean-Marie Fardeau,France
Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia
Tiseke Kasambala, South Africa
Lotte Leicht, European Union
Sarah Margon, Washington, DC, Acting
David Mepham, United Kingdom
Wenzel Michalski, Germany
Elaine Pearson, Australia
Juliette de Rivero, Geneva