Joanna Naples-Mitchell works as part of the Research and Investigations team, documenting, analyzing, and exposing human rights violations in the United States and the U.S.-Mexico border region. She helps execute rapid response and longer-term field investigations, and contributes to and develops written research reports and communications materials.
An international human rights lawyer, Naples-Mitchell previously worked at Human Rights Watch, where she researched and published a report on lead contamination and children’s rights in Zambia. During law school, she conducted research and advocacy on the conflict in Yemen and U.S. policy on civilian harm, 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.
Naples-Mitchell is a graduate of New York University School of Law and is admitted to practice law in the state of New York. She also holds a BA in Social Studies from Harvard University, and speaks advanced Spanish.