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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


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

Professional Background

Professor Haynes teaches Constitutional Law, Immigration Law, Refugee and Asylum Law, and the Law Addressing Human Trafficking. She previously taught at Georgetown University Law Center and American University’s Washington College of Law. She was an international human rights lawyer before teaching, serving as Director General of the Human Rights Department for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Bosnia-Herzegovina and as Human Rights Adviser to the OSCE in Serbia and Montenegro. She also held field posts for both the UN High Commissioners for Refugees and Human Rights, respectively, in Afghanistan, Rwanda, and Croatia. Professor Haynes served in the Honors Graduate Program with the U.S. Department of Justice, and clerked on the Constitutional Court of South Africa as well. She researches and writes in the areas of international law, immigration law, human rights law, human trafficking, post-conflict reconstruction, humanitarian law, and migration.

Professor Haynes serves as the Director of the Human Rights and Immigration Law Project at New England Law; you can learn about the school's Immigration Law Concentration here.

Selected Publications

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)

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) (lead article)

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)

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, Haynes, D. ed., Deconstructing the Reconstruction of Bosnia and Herzegovina (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)


Oxford Handbook on Gender and Conflict (2017)

On the Frontlines: Gender and Post-Conflict Reconstruction (2011)

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