Evan Welber is a Staff Attorney with the Justice Defenders Program, where his work focuses on using litigation, trial observation, and advocacy to assist persecuted human rights defenders in the Europe and Eurasia and Latin America and Caribbean regions. He previously investigated alleged atrocity crimes at the UN peacekeeping mission in CAR (MINUSCA). He also engaged in strategic human rights litigation aimed at resisting the weaponization of bureaucratic, public order, and national security justifications to attack civil society and to jail, torture, and kill human rights defenders at the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI). Prior to his work at OSJI, he researched international human rights, humanitarian, and criminal law issues for judges at the apex courts of Brazil, Hong Kong, and Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as at the International Criminal Court. He has worked in 16 countries across 5 continents and, in addition to his native English and Spanish, has studied 15 languages. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Anthropology from Columbia University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.