Wafa Ben-Hassine is the MENA Policy Counsel for Access Now, a global organization defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk. She is a New York qualified attorney specializing in international law and technology. Most recently, she completed an Open Technology Fund fellowship at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where she researched counter-terrorism and cybercrime laws in select Arab countries and their impact on digital rights once applied.
Prior to her fellowship, Wafa has interned at the Appeals Chamber of the Special Tribunal of Lebanon in The Hague and the U.S. Department of State Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor in drafting its annual human rights reports. Wafa received her J.D. from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, and her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California San Diego.