Joanna Naples-Mitchell (@joanna_nm) is a human rights lawyer and the Director of the Redress Program at the Zomia Center, where she advocates on behalf of civilians harmed in U.S. and U.S.-led Coalition operations in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan.
She also serves as U.S. Research Advisor at Physicians for Human Rights, where she supports PHR’s research and advocacy related to the intersection of law enforcement, racism, and medicine. In her prior role as PHR’s U.S. Researcher, she led complex investigations on police violence and abuses in immigration detention.
She previously worked as a fellow at Human Rights Watch, where she produced a report on lead contamination and children’s rights in Zambia and published research on U.S. condolence payments for civilian harm.
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.
Prior to law school, she spent almost five years with the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, managing case files and conducting research on international human rights and war crimes investigations.
She holds a law degree from New York University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. She is admitted to practice law in the state of New York. Joanna is also on LinkedIn.
Articles by this author:
Under the Pentagon’s New Civilian Harm Action Plan, Addressing Credible Cases is a Moral Imperative
Jan 4th, 2023
Abuse and Retaliation Against Hunger Strikers in ICE Detention
by Eunice Cho and Joanna Naples-Mitchell
Jun 23rd, 2021
There is No Public Health Rationale for a Categorical Ban on Asylum Seekers
Apr 17th, 2020
Congress Expands Oversight of U.S. Payments for Civilian Deaths
Dec 18th, 2019
Defense Policy Bill Should Require Reporting of Ex Gratia Payments
Jun 13th, 2019