Legal Fellow, Project on War Crimes and Mass Graves
Daniel Newton is a Legal Fellow with the Project on War Crimes and Mass Graves at the Human Rights Institute. The project works with forensic scientists to conduct investigations and trainings on the use of forensics and human rights to further truth and criminal accountability for mass atrocities in the Central African Republic.
Prior to joining the Institute, Newton worked for Tostan, an international nonprofit organization headquartered in Dakar, Senegal, where he supported the implementation of a holistic human rights-based education program grounded in dialogue and consensus-building. The program has resulted in over 9,000 communities in West and East Africa declaring their abandonment of female genital cutting and child marriage. In that role, he also trained religious leaders and development professionals on integrating approaches for community wellbeing and social norm change into their practice. Prior to that, Newton worked for the Western Australian AIDS Council to increase health services through a peer-based non-judgmental clinic. He holds an LL.M. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Human Rights Fellow and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and a Bachelor’s from the University of Western Australia.