Joanna Naples-Mitchell (@joanna_nm) is the New York University School of Law Fellow at Human Rights Watch for 2018-2019. During law school, she conducted research and advocacy on the conflict in Yemen, worked with human rights organizations in Sri Lanka and Jordan, and served as a research assistant for Professor Philip Alston. She also carried out an independent research project on U.S. policy on condolence payments for civilian casualties, for which she conducted interviews and obtained documents through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). She previously worked for almost five years as a paralegal with the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
She holds a law degree from New York University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.