Barbara Schatz

Overview

  • Secretary of Human Rights First

Barbara Schatz is the secretary of Human Rights First (HRF), an organization that was founded in 1978 under the name Lawyers Committee for Human Rights; Schatz was a co-founder of the original group, which was established for the ostensible purpose of protecting refugees and forcing countries to adhere to the 1951 United Nations Convention on Refugees and the subsequent 1967 United Nations Protocol.

In addition to her work with HRF, Schatz is also the director of clinical programs at Columbia University Law School, whose faculty she joined in 1985. She previously served as executive director of the Council of New York Law Associates (now the Lawyers Alliance for New York), where she administered a public-interest program involving staff lawyers and some 1,800 pro bono lawyers. She founded the Community Development Legal Assistance Center; has represented many nonprofit organizations in corporate, tax, and real estate matters; and has lectured widely about nonprofit corporate and tax law.

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