Accountability Legal Fellow
As the Accountability Legal Fellow, Suchita Uppal supports Human Rights First’s efforts to hold human rights abusers and corrupt actors accountable through the imposition of targeted sanctions. In this role, she assists HRF’s targeted sanctions coalition through research, drafting, and editing sanctions recommendations that identify persons involved in serious human rights abuses and corruption; developing training and informational resources; and analyzing gaps in the use of targeted sanctions programs recommendations, developing resources, and identifying gaps in the sanctions programs.
Suchita earned her J.D. equivalent degree from Government Law College in Mumbai, India. Post-graduation, she served as a litigation associate at a boutique Indian law firm, eventually focusing on social and human rights litigation. She also established and led the Pro Bono Department at her firm to provide legal assistance to civil society organizations and individuals in need.
In May 2023, Suchita received her LL.M. in International Legal Studies and a Certificate in International Human Rights Law from Georgetown University Law Center. During her master’s program, she concentrated on international human rights issues and served as an Advisor to the Georgetown Journal of International Law. She also interned at Human Rights First as a Human Rights Investigation Research Intern, exploring new accountability measures for human rights abuses.
Suchita was part of Georgetown’s Human Rights Advocacy in Action Practicum 2022-2023 that collaborated with Nadia’s Initiative to seek accountability and reintegration for the Yazidi population in Iraq, and conducted project-related field research in Berlin, Germany and The Hague, Netherlands.