Claire Downing

Claire Downing is a PhD candidate at George Mason Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, whose research focuses on the deleterious effects of national security policies on local communities. She was the 2019 Human Rights Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and her views on various human rights topics have been published in several online outlets. Downing currently serves as a program officer in a philanthropic role where she helps support a diverse field of Muslim, Arab and South Asian (MASA) organizations working to address profiling, discrimination, hate crimes, anti-Muslim bigotry and xenophobia in the United States.

COVID-19 Contact Tracing: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?

Jun 10, 2020

As the world continues to grapple with the implications of the COVID-19 crisis, including mass infection and death, a global economic downturn and the stigmatization of minority communities, the rush to reopen and “get back to work” weighs hard on world leaders. Along with vaccine development, contact tracing has been...

Tech Versus Human Rights

Aug 15, 2019

Imagine that your government could identify you and track your movements digitally, solely based on your physical appearance and perceived ethnicity or race. This is not the stuff of dystopian science fiction, but is happening now due to the widespread use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools. One of the most...

It’s Time to Start Treating Family Separation as a Global Catastrophe

May 15, 2019

While the US continues to uphold many of the world’s standards in democratic leadership, in the area of family separation it has too much in common with some of the most brutal regimes. The US secretary of homeland security, Kirstjen Nielsen, resigned her post in April this year under a...