Meghan Rhoad

Meghan Rhoad is the US researcher in the women's rights division of Human Rights Watch, currently focusing on violence against women. Her work at Human Rights Watch has included documentation of abuses suffered by women in US immigration detention, research into sexual violence affecting Somali women and girls in Kenyan refugee camps, and fact-finding in Haiti on the situation of women and girls displaced by the 2010 earthquake. Rhoad was formerly a women's law & public policy fellow at the National Women's Law Center in Washington, DC, where she researched US federal judicial nominations and analyzed policy developments affecting the economic security of low-income women and their families. Her previous work includes international advocacy projects using the human rights framework to address issues such as reproductive health and gender discrimination in inheritance law. Rhoad is a graduate of Harvard University and Georgetown University Law Center.

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Wednesday, March 02, 2016
Dispatches: Regulating US Abortion Providers Off the Map
Today, the United States Supreme Court will take up the most important abortion rights case in at least a decade, hearing arguments over the constitutionality of a Texas law that imposes onerous requirements on abortion providers. The law – HB 2 – sparked a slew of clinic closures in Texas and has...
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Thursday, May 12, 2011
Immigration Detention Reform: A Matter of Life and Death
I’ve been waiting to give Antoinette L. some good news since the day I met her in May 2008. It was a hot day in Arizona, and I sat waiting inside a chilly interview room in a private prison under the watchful eye of a guard stationed just beyond a windowed door. A colleague and I had been interviewing women in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody about their ability to get adequate medical care.
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