As advocacy director, Raha Wala leads PHR’s global effort to develop and implement advocacy strategies that leverage the organization’s network of health professionals as well as its capacity development, research, and investigations programs to protect and promote human rights. Wala has more than a decade of experience building and leading human rights campaigns, including a successful anti-torture campaign that mobilized retired military leaders to oppose torture, culminating in the release of the U.S. Senate’s report on CIA torture and the passage of landmark, bi-partisan anti-torture legislation.
Prior to joining PHR, Wala served as the senior director for government relations at Human Rights First, where he directed the organization’s lobbying and advocacy efforts.
As a recognized expert in international human rights and humanitarian law, Wala’s views have been featured in a variety of print, radio, and cable news outlets. Wala has a passion for non-profit management and served for many years on the boards of Young Invincibles, YI Advisors, and Meso Creso. He was an adjunct professor of law at the University of New Hampshire Law School and a term member on the Council on Foreign Relations.
Wala holds a JD from Georgetown Law and BBA. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in finance, management, and political science. While at Georgetown Law, he served as co-director of the Amnesty International student chapter, co-director of the Iraqi Refugee Human Rights Fact-Finding Project, and managing editor of the Georgetown Journal of International Law. He was awarded the Georgetown Law Human Rights Fellowship and the Bettina Pruckmayr Award for Human Rights.