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September 29, 2010
Andrea Prasow, Senior Counsel, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Program, Human Rights Watch (Washington)
Andrea Prasow, senior counsel in Human Rights Watch's Terrorism and Counterterrorism Program, investigates and analyzes U.S. counterterrorism policies and practices. She also leads advocacy efforts urging executive and legislative branch officials in Washington to implement counterterrorism policies that respect internationally recognized rights. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Andrea was a defense attorney with the Office of Military Commissions. She served as assistant counsel for Salim Hamdan in the only contested military commission trial to date. Andrea was previously an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York, where, in addition to representing large corporations in complex civil litigation she served as habeas counsel for ten Saudi detainees at Guantanamo. Her work on behalf of Guantanamo detainees has taken her to Bahrain, Yemen and Afghanistan. Andrea holds an Hon. B.A. from the University of Toronto in political science and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.