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As Senior Counsel in the Law and Security Program, Raha advocates for U.S. counterterrorism and national security policies that are consistent with human rights norms.

Raha graduated with honors from Georgetown University Law School, where he served as managing editor of the Georgetown Journal of International Law, co-president of Georgetown Law's Amnesty International chapter, and student co-director of the Iraqi Refugee Resettlement Fact-Finding Project. While at Georgetown Law, Raha undertook internships at Human Rights First, the Open Society Policy Center, the Human Rights Law Foundation, and the Institute for International Law and Human Rights. Raha is the recipient of the Bettina E. Pruckmayr Award in International Human Rights and the author of From Guantánamo to Nuremberg and Back: An Analysis of Conspiracy to Commit War Crimes Under International Humanitarian Law.

Raha received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law School (2010) and his B.B.A. in Finance and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2005).

July 25, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First is calling today's decision by the Periodic Review Board to clear for transfer Guantanamo detainee Fawzi al-Odah a step in the right direction with regard...
June 26, 2014
Washington, D.C. –As today marks International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Human Rights First calls on the Obama Administration to move quickly to declassify the Senate intelligence...
June 23, 2014
Washington, DC – Human Rights First today noted that the redacted 2010 Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) memo detailing the rationale behind the targeted killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American...