Erin Gallagher, MA
Erin Gallagher leads PHR’s emergency investigations and response team. Prior to joining PHR, Gallagher worked as an investigator with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) since 2006, focusing on the Srebrenica genocide. She participated in three genocide trials at the ICTY: Prosecutor v. Popovic et al, Prosecutor v. General Tolimir, and Prosecutor v. General Ratko Mladic.
In 2012–2013, she took leave from the ICTY to work on the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria as a human rights investigator/gender advisor. In 2011–2012, she also worked as a human rights investigator/gender advisor for the UN Commission of Inquiry on Libya. Gallagher serves on the sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) expert roster for UN Women and Justice Rapid Response. She also teaches sexual violence investigations for the Institute for International Criminal Investigations in The Hague. In addition, Gallagher serves on the UK FCO Steering Board for their Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative.
Gallagher has also conducted trainings on SGBV investigations for Rwandan national investigators and prosecutors in Kigali and for UN peacekeepers in Egypt. Gallagher has presented on Srebrenica mass grave forensic evidence to the European Forensic Academy of Science conference.
Prior to her international war crimes and human rights work, she served as the lieutenant of investigations at the San Francisco District Attorney’s office, investigating cold cases, homicide, sexual assault, and child abuse since 1998. Her cases were featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, ABC World News Tonight, and Court TV’s “New Detectives.” In 2004–2005, Gallagher won the “California Investigator of the Year” award for her work on sexual violence cases.
Gallagher holds an MA in gender studies from San Francisco State University and a BA in international relations and Russian studies from the University of Wisconsin.