Based in the New York office, Jonathan Horowitz is the Associate Legal Officer for National Security and Counterterrorism. Prior to joining Justice Initiative, Horowitz worked on detainee affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul where he advised the embassy on its detention policy.
Previously, he was a grantee of the Open Society Foundations documenting detainee and night-raid abuses in Afghanistan. This work included monitoring U.S. Detainee Review Boards, authoring public reports, and conducting advocacy with the media, Defense Department, and others. He also established an Afghan civil society working-group aimed at improving the rights of Afghan detainees.
As the Research Director at One World Research, he managed a team of investigators who documented human rights abuses in Pakistan, provided factual research for asylum lawyers, and was an investigator for habeas lawyers representing Afghans detained at Guantanamo Bay. He worked as a Sudan/Chad analyst at the International Criminal Court as a consultant for Human Rights Watch working on Darfur, Sudan, and as a U.N. human rights officer in Sudan from 2005 to 2007.
Horowitz obtained an LLM from the University of Essex in 2004.