Defending Human Rights: What Do We Do Now?

Sarah Margon

Sarah Margon

Starts:  2/21/2017  5:30 PM
Ends: 2/21/2017 7:00 PM
Location: Kotzen Room

A Warburg Lecture 

Sarah Margon, Washington Director of Human Rights Watch

One of the oldest and most respected human rights groups in the world, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has offices across the globe and millions of supporters who sustain its advocacy and protection campaigns. Sarah Margon is Washington Director of HRW, a role that involves working with the US government, Congress, the media, as well as with foreign governments and human rights organizations.

Sarah’s talk will focus on the current work of Human Rights Watch worldwide. She will also discuss the changing environment in Washington, where President Trump’s readiness to defend human rights at home and abroad in a manner consistent with core American values remains unclear.

Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Sarah Margon was associate director of sustainable security and peacebuilding at the Center for American Progress. She also served as senior foreign policy advisor to Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) and as staff director to the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs. She has been a guest on various national and international media programs and has published op-eds in a wide range of outlets from the Washington Post to Foreign Policy. Sarah holds a graduate degree from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University (Connecticut).