Damon Barrett joined IHRA in 2007 as Human Rights Analyst and now heads up IHRA’s human rights programme. Damon holds a degree in Law and a masters degree in International Human Rights Law and he has a background in children’s rights and UN systems and mechanisms. His work at IHRA is focused on the development of a human rights based approach to drug policy at the international level. He was a member of the UK delegation to the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and has worked to raise the profile of drug policies at the UN Human Rights Council and within UN human rights mechanisms. Damon has authored numerous reports on human rights and drug policies and has spoken internationally and delivered training on human rights, the UN system and rights based approaches.