West Africa Director, Human Rights Watch
Corinne Dufka is the West Africa Director at Human Rights Watch and in charge of the organization’s work on West Africa with expertise in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Mali, Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire.
From 1999-2003, she was based in Freetown, Sierra Leone, both as a researcher for Human Rights Watch and, in 2002 during a year’s sabbatical, as a criminal investigator for the U.N.-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone. She ran HRW’s field office in Dakar, Senegal from 2005-2011.
Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Dufka worked as a photojournalist for the Reuters News Agency and from 1987-1999 covered conflicts in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Bosnia, Rwanda, Somalia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Before becoming a photojournalist, Dufka worked as a psychiatric social worker in San Francisco.
Ms. Dufka holds a Masters in Social Work degree from the University of California at Berkeley.