Senior advocate/researcher on international financial institutions, Human Rights Watch
Jessica Evans is the senior researcher and advocate working on international financial institutions at Human Rights Watch. She has investigated human rights violations in which the World Bank and other international financial institutions have been implicated and advocates for these institutions to recognize their own rights obligations and uphold human rights through their policies and practices. Evans was formerly the Philippines researcher for Human Rights Watch. There, she investigated political killings, torture, and abductions and encouraged Philippine government officials to implement systemic changes to stop the killings and hold perpetrators accountable. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch in 2009, Evans practiced law in Perth, Western Australia, where she also worked at the attorney general's principal policy officer, running his law reform agenda. In Fiji, she investigated human rights abuses by the military government following the December 2006 coup d'état. Evans received degrees in law, politics, and international studies from Murdoch University and her master's in international human rights from the Columbia University School of Law.