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Elisa Massimino

Senior Research Fellow

Georgetown Law

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September 21, 2023

Elisa Massimino Joins DHS Homeland Intelligence Experts Group

Senior Research Fellow Elisa Massimino joins former senior intelligence officials, journalists, and human rights advocates in the Homeland Intelligence Experts Group, formed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to advise on federal intelligence efforts.


Elisa Massimino is a Berkley Center senior research fellow and executive director of the Human Rights Institute at Georgetown University Law Center, where she recently served as the Robert F. Drinan, S.J., Chair in Human Rights. She is also a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. Before joining the Georgetown faculty, Massimino was a senior fellow with the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School and a practitioner-in-residence at Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. Previously, Massimino spent 27 years—the last decade as president and CEO—at Human Rights First. Massimino has a distinguished record of human rights advocacy. She has testified before Congress dozens of times; writes frequently for mainstream publications and specialized journals; appears in major media outlets; and speaks to audiences around the country. During her leadership at Human Rights First, The Hill consistently named her one of the most effective public advocates in the country.

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