Sarah Leah Whitson
Sarah Leah Whitson (@sarahleah1) is the Executive Director of DAWN, which works to reform U.S. policy in the Middle East. She previously served as executive director of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East and North Africa Division from 2004 – 2020, overseeing the work of the division in 19 countries, with staff located in 10 countries. She has led dozens of advocacy and investigative missions throughout the region, focusing on issues of armed conflict, accountability, legal reform, migrant workers, and human rights. She has published widely on human rights and foreign policy in the Middle East in international and regional media, including The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Los Angeles Times, and CNN. She appears regularly on Al-Jazeera, BBC, NPR, and CNN. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Whitson worked in New York for Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Law School. Whitson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is on the boards of the Artistic Freedom Initiative and Freedom Forward. She speaks Armenian and Arabic. She is also on LinkedIn.
Articles by this author:
Why Mohamed bin Salman’s Slush Fund is an Urgent National Security Matter for Congress
Feb 22nd, 2023
The US Goes to Bat for Lebanon’s “Butcher of Khiam”
by Michael Eisner and Sarah Leah Whitson
May 21st, 2020