Jehanne Henry is a human rights lawyer and researcher with a particular focus on Sudan and South Sudan. She is a former director in the Africa division of Human Rights Watch, responsible for work on Sudan and South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, Chad and Mali. She left the organization in late 2020 to be an adviser in Sudan’s transitional government’s ministry of justice. Since late 2021, she has worked with various human rights organizations in Africa’s East, Horn and Sahel regions.
Henry has authored dozens of reports, opinion pieces, and articles on justice and human rights issues in Africa and has appeared in dozens of international media outlets. She has also taught seminars on human rights topics at Hunter College (City University of New York), Columbia University, and guest-lectured at numerous other universities and institutions.
Previously Henry was a human rights officer with the United Nations Mission in in Darfur; a human rights specialist with USAID in Cambodia; a legal adviser in the United Nations Mission in Kosovo; and a legal aid program manager with the American Refugee Committee in Kosovo. She has also worked in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, clerked for a US federal judge, and is admitted to the New York state bar.