Human Rights Watch analyst coming to Grauer School, USD

As a senior military analyst at Human Rights Watch, Marc Garlasco reports his findings to the world and pressures government officials to protect people caught in the crossfire of war.

Garlasco will share his personal experiences investigating conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Israel and Gaza during “Behind The Headlines and Off the Record,” at the Grauer School, located at 1500 S. El Camino Real in Encinitas.

The public presentation will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, in the school’s Great Room In addition, he will interact with Grauer students as part of the IPJ’s WorldLink Youth global awareness program. He will explain how Human Rights Watch researchers collect evidence in war zones and how his weapon’s expertise has contributed to HRW’s successful campaign to ban the use of deadly cluster bombs.

Garlasco served for seven years at the Pentagon where he was chief of high value targeting during the Iraq War in 2003. He was an intelligence professional at the Defense Intelligence Agency during the Iraq invasion where he led the effort to track and target Saddam Hussein.

At HRW, Garlasco works deep in war zones as part of the organization’s emergency team. As one of the world’s leading human rights organizations, HRW is often the first on the ground and the first to publicly expose the abuses of war-a strategy that influences government policy when it matters most.

During his visit to San Diego, Garlasco will also speak on Thursday, May 7, at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ) Theatre at the University of San Diego (5998 Alcala Park).

Garlasco’s visit is part of a series held at USD over the past year focusing on the work of HRW. The IPJ and HRW partnered with the following sponsors for the series: The Grauer School, The Center for Global Awareness and Jubilee San Diego. For additional information, visit or call 760/944-6777.

SOURCE: From a Grauer School press release