Joseph Amon is the director of the Health and Human Rights division at Human Rights Watch. He joined the organization in 2005 as head of its HIV/AIDS program, having previously worked for more than 15 years conducting research, designing programs,
and evaluating interventions related to HIV, malaria, hepatitis, and Guinea Worm disease for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and for projects funded by the US Agency for International Development.
He has also served at the Carter Center and Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. Since coming to Human Rights Watch, Amon has worked on a wide range of issues related to health and human rights, including: access to medicines (antiretroviral, drug dependency, and pain relief treatment), HIV testing, and the rights of prisoners and migrants to access health care. He has also worked on unproven AIDS ‘cures,’ and human rights abuses associated with infectious disease outbreaks and multi- drug resistant tuberculosis. Amon is the author or coauthor of a number of book chapters, reports, and more than two dozen articles in medical and public health journals.
He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the International AIDS Society, the UNAIDS reference group on HIV and Human Rights, and the Stop TB Programme’s Task Force on TB and Human Rights. In addition, he is an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and a lecturer in public and international affairs at Princeton University. Amon has a master’s degree in tropical medicine and a PhD in epidemiology.
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