Hina Naveed is the 2021-2023 Aryeh Neier Fellow at Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union. Naveed works in the Children’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch where she focuses on the US child welfare system’s disproportionate and disparate removal of children from families in over-policed, underserved communities, especially people of color and people living in extreme poverty.
Before joining Human Rights Watch, Naveed worked in a child welfare agency serving children in foster care and in local community-based organizations serving immigrants in New York City. She is a recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the program created by the Obama administration to protect from deportation undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children, and is a long-time activist for immigrants’ rights. Her most recent op-ed on the urgent need to pass a legalization program for undocumented immigrants was published in the New York Times late last year, and during her time at Human Rights Watch she has written dispatches urging US Congress to create a pathway to citizenship. Naveed graduated with a B.S. in Nursing from the City University of New York College of Staten Island and holds a law degree from the City University of New York School of Law. She speaks Urdu and English.