Claire has over 16 years’ experience in investigating human rights violations and conducting research on human rights, conflict and displacement issues, predominantly in the east and Horn of Africa. She has authored numerous human rights reports and other materials, as well as two handbooks (for Amnesty International) to guide civil society in conducting robust investigation and documentation of human rights violations.
Her work has included documentation of arbitrary detentions, torture, sexual violence and enforced disappearances in Ethiopia, forced labour in Eritrea, human trafficking in north Africa and exploitation of child refugees in Kenya.
Claire also works with stabilisation and security sector reform programmes to integrate human rights, gender- and conflict-sensitivity considerations into planning and implementation, e.g. a disengaged combatant programme in Somalia and police reform in Lebanon; and conducts research to inform design or assess programme approaches, e.g. on juvenile justice in Somalia and police reform in Kenya.
Claire has briefed and conducted advocacy with multi-national bodies, including the UN (political departments and human rights mechanisms) and with national governments (including the National Security Council at the White House). She’s provided training and capacity building to a range of actors including security forces and civil society actors.
Spoken at panel events and round-tables at the United Nations and UK and European parliaments, as well as at conferences and public events.
Extensive interviews with media outlets including TV: BBC (Newsnight), CNN, France24, radio: BBC (Today programme, World Service News Hour), Deutsche Welle, RFI, NPR (This American Life), print: multiple publications including New York Times, the Guardian, Wall Street Journal