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Amanda Strayer

Associate Attorney for Human Rights Accountability/Joffe Fellow

As Associate Attorney for Human Rights Accountability/Joffe Fellow at Human Rights First, Amanda Strayer supports the organization’s Targeted Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Sanctions Coalition, a group of more than 250 NGOs using the Global Magnitsky Act and other legal authorities to hold human rights abusers and corrupt actors accountable. In this role, she serves as a liaison with U.S. government personnel and assists NGOs and pro bono attorneys working to produce case files for sanctions in Africa, the Near East, and South and Central Asia.

Previously, Amanda worked with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights as the Dale and James J. Pinto Fellow focused on human rights advocacy in South and Southeast Asia. She received her juris doctor from Georgetown University Law Center and a Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies. During her time at Georgetown, she co-authored a report on violence and discrimination against LGBT persons in Guyana as part of the Human Rights Fact-Finding Practicum. She prepared a strategic litigation case to challenge child marriage laws in Botswana with the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic and participated in the Guantanamo Observers Program. During her summers, Amanda worked with the South African Human Rights Commission in Johannesburg and Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. 

Prior to law school, Amanda worked with Women for Women International on communications and advocacy focused on challenges faced by women in conflict-affected countries. She has a B.A. in Foreign Affairs and a minor in French from the University of Virginia.


April 12, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following a yearlong advocacy campaign by Human Rights First and Freedom House, the organizations welcomed the permanent reauthorization of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights...
December 02, 2021
WASHINGTON – Following years of advocacy by civil society, the Australian parliament on Wednesday unanimously voted to create a legal framework for a Magnitsky-style targeted sanctions program....
March 09, 2021
WASHINGTON – Human Rights First welcomes the decision by the U.S. Treasury and State Departments to revoke the sanctions license that was issued to Dan Gertler in the final days of the Trump...
February 26, 2021
WASHINGTON – The Project on Middle East Democracy, Human Rights First, PEN America, and the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following joint statement in response to the U.S. government...