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David Mandel-Anthony


David Mandel-Anthony is a recognized leader in international justice and atrocity prevention, foreign policy, international human rights, and national security, with over fifteen years of experience at the State Department, the U.S. Congress, and at leading international non-governmental human rights organizations. As a senior policy advisor to the Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues at the U.S. Department of State since 2012, David formulates U.S. foreign policy around atrocity prevention, multilateral relations, democracy and governance, international humanitarian law, development, conflict prevention, civil society and foundation engagement, and peacebuilding. David’s geographic focus spans Latin America, Africa, and transatlantic European relations. He has represented the State Department on the Atrocity Prevention Board and served a U.S. negotiator to the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Prior to joining the State Department, David lived in Uganda, working to build a domestic war crimes tribunal and developing transitional justice policies.  David is a frequent public speaker on mass atrocities, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law, and has published on emerging trends in international relations on atrocity crimes and mass atrocity prevention. Currently a 2020 Brookings LEGIS fellow to Congress, David serves as the foreign affairs advisor and national security advisor to Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), an Executive Committee member of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. David is a senior fellow in national security, human rights, and progressive foreign policy organizations, including the Truman National Security Project, Humanity in Action, the Partnership for a Secure America, and the European Union Visitors Programme. David is also an alumni and rostered expert with leading atrocity prevention organizations, including the Justice Rapid Response and  the Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide & Mass Atrocities. David has worked for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Human Rights Watch, Humanity in Action, the international Center for Transitional Justice, the Open Society Justice Initiative, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and the Public International Law & Policy Group.  Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, David holds a law degree from Fordham University, where he was a Leitner & Crowley Fellow for International Human Rights, and a BA in Plan II from the University of Texas at Austin, where he wrote a ethnographic thesis on the human rights struggles of indigenous Guatemalans working in the Mississippi poultry industry. He is a member of the New York Bar.


Updated September 2020