Jamil Dakwar is Director of the American Civil Liberties Union‘s Human Rights Program (HRP). He leads a team of lawyers and advocates who use a human rights framework to complement existing ACLU legal and legislative advocacy. HRP conducts human rights public education and engages in litigation and advocacy before U.S. courts and international human rights bodies. Jamil joined the IJRC Board of Directors in 2011.
Prior to joining the ACLU in 2004, he worked at Human Rights Watch, where he conducted research, advocacy and published reports on issues of torture and detention in Egypt, Morocco, Israel, and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Before coming to the United States, he was a senior attorney with Adalah, a leading human rights group in Israel, where he filed and argued human rights cases before Israeli courts and advocated before international forums. He is graduate of Tel Aviv University and NYU School of Law.