Michael Garcia Bochenek

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

Michael Garcia Bochenek

Michael Garcia Bochenek

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

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Michael Garcia Bochenek is senior counsel to the Children’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, focusing on juvenile justice and refugee and migrant children. He has researched and reported on criminal and juvenile justice systems and prison conditions, the protection of refugees and internally displaced persons, the exploitation of migrant workers and other labor rights issues, the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, and rights violations in armed conflict, including the use of children as soldiers. From 2006 to 2015, he was director of policy and then director of law and policy for Amnesty International’s secretariat in London, where he oversaw strategic litigation, among other responsibilities. Earlier, he worked as counsel, senior researcher, and then deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Children’s Rights Division in New York, directed a non-profit immigration legal services office in Washington State’s Yakima Valley, and was the Leonard Sandler Fellow with Human Rights Watch’s Americas Division in Washington, D.C. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a law degree from Columbia University. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

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General Counsel at Global Network for Public Interest Law

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Former General Counsel at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Co-Founder at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Director, Netherlands at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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

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Chief Programs Officer at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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

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Executive Director, Arms Division at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Executive Director, Asia at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Executive Director, Children's Rights 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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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.

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