David Abramowitz


Vice President of Policy and Government Relations, Humanity United, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., Kalamazoo; J.D., University of Michigan

David Abramowitz currently is Vice President for Policy and Government Relations at Humanity United, a foundation that focuses on advancing human freedom by combatting human...

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David Abramowitz currently is Vice President for Policy and Government Relations at Humanity United, a foundation that focuses on advancing human freedom by combatting human trafficking and modern slavery, among other human rights issues.

Previous to joining HU, Professor Abramowitz served in various positions in the U.S Government for over 20 years. After a federal clerkship in the Eastern District of Michigan and a fellowship in South Africa working on human rights issue at the end of the Apartheid regime, Professor Abramowitz joined the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State. Over the course of his ten year career at the Department, he worked on arms control agreements with the then Soviet Union, advised the Department on regional issues relating to the Middle East, and helped the Department guide foreign policy legislation through the U.S. Congress, including legislation reorganizing the foreign affairs agencies.

In 1999, Professor Abramowitz joined the staff of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives, serving as Democratic Chief Counsel from 1999 to 2006 and as Chief Counsel from 2007 to 2009. In addition to advising members of Congress on constitutional questions and international law issues, including on issues of international war crimes tribunal, international justice and the International Criminal Court, he has worked on such legislation as Victims of Trafficking and Violence Act of 2000, legislation creating the Millennium Challenge Corporation and legislation implementing the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. After becoming Chief Counsel to the Committee in 2007, Professor Abramowitz assisted on the reauthorization of U.S. international HIV/AIDS programs and the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE Act, and led efforts to pass the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 and the Foreign Relations Authorization Act of 2009.

Professor Abramowitz graduated from Kalamazoo College with a B.A. and from the University of Michigan Law School with a J.D. He is the author of several articles and has testified annually before Congress since he left government. Professor Abramowitz has also been an adjunct professor at George Washington University School of Law and has been a frequent guest lecturer.