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As Senior Counsel in Human Rights First’s Law and Security Program, Daphne Eviatar investigates U.S. national security policies and practices and advocates for U.S. compliance with international human rights laws and norms. An expert on the prosecution and treatment of international terrorism suspects, she reports on military commission proceedings at Guantanamo Bay, monitors terrorism trials in federal courts, researches the U.S. drone war and is author of Detained and Denied in Afghanistan: How to Make U.S. Detention Comply with the Law. She also leads Human Rights First's campaign to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

Daphne is a lawyer and award-winning journalist who has written widely about law, national security and human rights. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Politico and many other publications. She writes a blog on the Huffington Post, is a Founding Editor of the legal blog Just Security, and serves on the advisory board of Rethink Media. Daphne is frequently interviewed on national radio and television about law, national security and human rights.

Before joining Human Rights First, Daphne was an associate at Cohen, Weiss & Simon and a staff attorney at Children's Rights, Inc. Daphne was also a 2005 Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow, a 2003 Pew International Journalism fellow at Johns Hopkins University’s School for Advanced International Studies, and has taught law and journalism at New York Law School.

Daphne is a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, New York University School of Law and Dartmouth College. She was a law clerk to Judge Irma E. Gonzalez on the United States District Court in San Diego, and to Judge Dolores K. Sloviter on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia.

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June 12, 2015
Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First said that today’s decision by the D.C. Circuit court to reverse a military commission conviction of Ali Hamza al Bahlul demonstrates that military commissions...
May 15, 2015
Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today calls on President Obama to veto the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) if the final bill contains provisions that would increase...
May 14, 2015
May 13, 2015 The Honorable Barack Obama President of the United States of America White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20500 Re: Public Acknowledgement and Investigations...