Jo Becker

Advocacy Director, Children's Rights Division at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

Jo Becker

Jo Becker

Advocacy Director, Children's Rights Division at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Jo Becker is the advocacy director of the children’s rights division at Human Rights Watch. As the founding chairperson of the international Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, she helped campaign successfully for an international treaty banning the forced recruitment of children under age 18 or their use in armed conflict. Her advocacy also helped lead to a groundbreaking 2011 treaty ensuring labor rights for domestic workers, which number 50-100 million worldwide. She has conducted field investigations on children’s rights in Burma, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Morocco, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Uganda, and the United States. Based on her expertise on the issue of child soldiers, she has addressed the United Nations Security Council, testified before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, conducted trainings for US and African military officers, and testified as an expert in a Dutch war crimes trial. She has written several Human Rights Watch reports and her op-eds have appeared in the Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, The Guardian, and other major papers. She is also the author of two books, Campaigning for Justice: Human Rights Advocacy in Practice and Campaigning for Children: Strategies for Advancing Children’s Rights. She also teaches human rights advocacy at Columbia University.

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Director, Netherlands at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Founder at Monex Group, Inc.

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Vice Chairman at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Vice Chairman at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Vice Chairman at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Vice Chairman at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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General Counsel at Global Network for Public Interest Law

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Director, Europe & Central Asia Division at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Senior Counsel, Children's Rights Division at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Co-Founder at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Advocacy Director, Children's Rights Division at Human Rights Watch, Inc.
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Goshen College transforms local and global communities through courageous, creative and compassionate leaders. Shaped by Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition, we integrate academic excellence and real-world experience with active love for God and neighbor.

Career History
Advocacy Director, Children's Rights Division
1997 - Current

Human Rights Watch is one of the world's leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, they give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes.Their rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.

Executive Director
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REPLACE VIOLENCE, WAR, RACISM, AND ECONOMIC INJUSTICE WITH NONVIOLENCE, PEACE, AND JUSTICE.

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$250
2008

Former President of United States

$250
2007

Former President of United States

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