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Benjamin Haas

Advocacy Counsel & Pennoyer Fellow

As Advocacy Counsel and Pennoyer Fellow at Human Rights First, Benjamin advocates for executive and legislative national security policies that respect and promote human rights.

Prior to Human Rights First, Benjamin was an associate attorney at Covington & Burling LLP, where his work focused on foreign investment and national security and where he received pro bono recognition. Before becoming a lawyer, he served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army. In that role, he was deployed to Afghanistan twice—once with the 10th Mountain Division and again attached to a special operations unit. Between the Army and law school, Benjamin conducted research at the Center on National Security at Fordham Law.

He has written extensively on national security issues, with publications in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Politico, USA Today, CNN, The Guardian, Just Security, and other outlets.

Benjamin holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.S. in international relations from West Point. He is a member of the Truman National Security Project and the Carnegie New Leaders Program. He also volunteers for Service to School.

April 13, 2020
With Appointment as Envoy for Arms, Trump Administration Admits Defeat for Top Human Rights Post for Marshall Billingslea WASHINGTON D.C. – On April 10, 2020, President Trump announced his intent...
March 05, 2020
More than 50 former diplomatic, national security and military officials call on Congress to overturn Trump Administration’s discriminatory, nationality-based bans on entry from Muslim-majority...
September 17, 2019
Download September 17, 2019 Dear Senators: We are a group of non-governmental organizations that advocate for human rights, civil rights, and government accountability. We are writing to...