Jehanne Henry

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Jehanne Henry (@jehannehenry) is an independent consultant on human rights and international justice issues. Most recently she has focused on Sudan, where she served as an adviser in the transitional government’s ministry of justice in 2020-2021.

Henry previously served as East Africa director at Human Rights Watch, supervising the organization’s work on Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. She joined Human Rights Watch in late 2007, focusing initially on the conflict in Darfur, then on a range of other issues in Sudan and South Sudan and neighboring countries. 

She has also served as a human rights officer with the United Nations Mission in Sudan, in Darfur. She was a human rights specialist with USAID in Cambodia; a legal adviser in the United Nations Mission in Kosovo; and a legal aid program manager with the American Refugee Committee in Kosovo. She has also clerked for a U.S. federal judge in New York and worked in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague.

Henry has authored dozens of reports, opinion pieces, and articles on human rights issues in East Africa. She appeared in international media outlets on behalf of Human Rights Watch. She has also taught advanced seminars on human rights topics at Hunter College’s Human Rights Program, and guest-lectured at numerous other universities and institutions.

She holds a JD from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA from Columbia University. She is on LinkedIn.

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