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Dina Francesca  Haynes
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Areas of Expertise
  • Constitutional Law
  • Sanctuary Policies
  • Women's Rights
  • Transitional Justice
  • Refugees
  • Postconflict Reconstruction
  • Minority Rights
  • International Law
  • Immigration Law and Policy
  • Human Trafficking
  • Human Rights
  • Asylum Law and Asylum seekers

Dina Francesca Haynes

Professor of Law and Director of Immigration Law Certificate Program


LLM, Georgetown University Law Center
JD, University of Cincinnati College of Law
BA, University of Denver

Professional Background

Professor Haynes previously taught at Georgetown University Law Center and American University’s Washington College of Law. 

Before teaching she was an international human rights lawyer, serving as director general of the Human Rights Department for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Bosnia-Herzegovina, as human rights adviser to the OSCE in Serbia and Montenegro, and as a protection officer with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. She also received appointments as a human rights field investigator with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Rwanda, and with UNHCR in Afghanistan. 

Professor Haynes has provided direct legal representation to hundreds of asylum seekers and victims of human trafficking. She has also brought cases and complaints before the European Court for Human Rights, the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights, and the African Commission, as well as with UN Special Rapporteurs on the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Protecting Human Rights While Countering Terrorism. She has commented on draft Constitutions for the Republic of South Africa, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo, and appeared before most of the appellate circuit courts and the US Supreme Court as counsel or amici. Professor Haynes also served in the Honors Graduate Program with the US Department of Justice and clerked on the Constitutional Court of South Africa.

Featured Publications

On the Frontlines: Gender, War and the Post-Conflict Process, Leading Works in International Law (2023)

Rule of Law Chronicles: America's Shadow Theocrats, Jurist (2023)

Rule of Law Chronicles: Government Abuse of Power, Jurist (2023)

Rule of Law Chronicles: Migration, Xenophobia, and the Immigrant Other, Jurist (2023)

Rule of Law Chronicles: In America, the Kids Are Not Alright, Jurist (2023)

Lustration: A Modest Proposal, by Dina Haynes, Yale Journal on Regulation (2021)

We Have to Help Women in Afghanistan Now, Jurist (2021)

Nativists are Instrumentalizing Administrative Law, Yale Journal on Regulation (2020)

The New Trump Policy Aimed at Foreign Students Violates Us All, Jurist (2020)

Sacrificing Women and Immigrants on the Altar of Regressive Politics, 41 Human Rights Quarterly 777 (2019)

DNA Testing at the Border is Dangerous, The Hill (2019)

Best Practices for Working With Traumatized Clients Preparing for Asylum Interview, (2019)

How to Find a Strong Human Rights Law Program, U.S. News & World Report (2019)

Understanding "Sanctuary Cities", 58 Boston College Law Review (2018) (with Christopher N. Lasch, Linus Chan, Ingrid V. Eagly, Annie Lai, Elizabeth McCormick, and Juliet P. Stumpf)

Misogyny and Racism in Sessions’ Unraveling of Asylum Law, The Gender Policy Report (2018)

Canaries in a Coal Mine: The Government's Treatment of Immigrants and Their Lawyers, Human Rights at Home Blog (2018)

After Oxfam's Sex Scandal: Shocking Revelations, A Scramble For Solutions, NPR (2018)

ICE Agents Grilled For Arresting, Detaining Immigrants Who Visit Government Offices, (2018)

Classrooms Without Borders, U.S. News & World Report (2018)

Amid Allegations of Abuse, Aid Workers Describe Culture of Sexual Misconduct, Frontline (2018)

Oxford Handbook on Gender and Conflict, Oxford University Press (2017) (with Fionnuala D. Ni Aolain, Naomi Cahn, and Nahla Valji)

Sanctuary Cities Initiative, (2017)

The Celebritization of Human Trafficking, 653, no. 1 The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 25 (2014)

U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Antitrafficking Efforts, 126 Harvard Law Review 1013 (2013) Citation/quoted

Groups ‘rescue’ Thai sex workers, whether they want it or not, PRI's The World (2013)

Women in the Post-Conflict Process: Reviewing the Impact of Recent UN Actions in Achieving Gender Centrality, 11 Santa Clara Journal of International Law 189 (2012) (with Naomi Cahn and Fionnuala Ní Aoláin)

Gendering Constitutional Design in Post-Conflict Societies, 17 William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law 3 (2011) (with Fionnuala Ní Aoláin and Naomi Cahn)

Masculinities and Child Soldiers in Post-Conflict Societies, Masculinities and Law: A Multidimensional Approach (2011) (with Naomi Cahn and Fionnuala Ní Aoláin)

Neoliberalism and Women’s Rights, Feminist Perspectives in Transitional Justice (2011)

Engendering Security, Sexual Violence and Conflict in Africa (2011) (Doris Buss, ed., with Fionnuala Ní Aoláin and Naomi Cahn)

On the Frontlines: Gender and Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Oxford University Press (2011) (with Naomi Cahn and Fionnuala Ní Aoláin)

Criminal Justice for Gendered Violence and Beyond, 11 International Criminal Law Review 425 (2011) (with Naomi Cahn and Fionnuala Ní Aoláin)

Lessons from Bosnia's Arizona Market: How Neoliberalism Gives Rise to Human Trafficking and Harms Women in the Post Conflict Reconstruction Context, 158 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 6 (2010)

Returning Home: Women in Post-Conflict Societies, 39 University of Baltimore Law Review 3 (2010) (with Naomi Cahn and Fionnuala Ní Aoláin)

Conceptual, Policy and Implementation Gaps in the Protection of Human Trafficking Victims, Rethinking Human Trafficking (2010)

Exploitation Nation: The Thin and Grey Legal Lines Between the Protection of Victims of Human Trafficking and the Lack of Protection of Exploited Migrant Workers (lead article), 23 Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy 1 (2009) (Reprinted in the Immigration and Nationality Law Review – 2010) (U. Cinn. Press)

Good Intentions are Not Enough: Four Recommendations for Implementing the Trafficking Victim Protection Act, 6 University of St. Thomas Law Journal 1 (2009)

The Ethics and Care of International Civil Servants (lead article), 30 Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy 1 (2009)

The International Rescue Committee, 3 Encyclopedia of Human Rights 178 (2009)

The Deus ex Machina Descends: The People, Players and Laws Responsible for the Reconstruction of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ashgate Publishing (2008)

Deconstructing the Reconstruction: Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ashgate Publishing (2008)


(Not) Found Chained to a Bed in a Brothel: Conceptual, Procedural and Legal Failures Fulfill the Promise of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (lead article), 21 Georgetown Immigration Law Journal 3 (2007) (reprinted in Bender's Immigration Bulletin, Lexis/Nexis May 2007) (reprinted in Hidden Epidemic: Child Sex Trafficking; Suffolk Law School CLE conference documents, Centennial Human Rights Conference)

How Does a Bosnia Happen? Book Review of Keith Doubt’s Understanding Evil, 29 Human Rights Quarterly 1119 (2007)

Human Trafficking, Human Rights and Migration, Human Rights in Crisis (2007)

Client-Centered Human Rights Advocacy, 13 Clinical Law Review 379 (2006)

Used, Abused, Arrested and Deported: Extending Immigration Benefits to Protect the Victims of Trafficking and Secure the Prosecution of Traffickers, 26 Human Rights Quarterly 221 (2004) reprinted in Women's Rights: A Human Rights Quarterly Reader (Bert Lockwood, ed.) (Johns Hopkins Press, 2006) reprinted in Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Global Issues (Harf, James E. and Lombardi, James Owen, eds.) (McGraw-Hill, 2007)