Deniz Yuksel is Turkey Advocacy Specialist at Amnesty International USA. Previously, she conducted research on Turkish foreign policy in the Middle East, U.S.-Turkey relations, Turkey’s domestic politics, refugees, human rights, and religious freedom at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Middle East Institute, and the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD). Prior to that, she designed and taught a human rights education course in partnership with the Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV) in Istanbul, Turkey.
Deniz holds a bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic from Georgetown University. In addition to her native Turkish, she is proficient in Arabic and Persian.