As Pennoyer Fellow/Researcher & Advocate in the Human Rights Defenders program, Diana Sayed is responsible for researching, writing and executing strategies to influence U.S. policy on a variety of international human rights issues, with a special interest on human rights defenders in certain focus countries to increase their profiles and bring attention to their causes.
Prior to joining Human Rights First, Diana worked as an international dispute resolution lawyer at Freehills LLP whilst doing migration work with refugees and asylum seekers in Australia. Diana has also worked as part of the Legal Unit on Statelessness at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees regional office in Washington, D.C.
Diana is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center. She earned a Master of Laws in International Human Rights Law and graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations with distinction and a Bachelor of Laws.