Dokhi Fassihian leads the Middle East and North Africa division at Freedom House. She oversees a portfolio of programs focused on Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Tunisia, and Yemen. Under her leadership, the MENA team implements projects on gender equality, documentation of human rights abuses, strategic litigation, participatory governance, justice-sector reform, and freedom of expression. Before joining Freedom House, she led several nongovernmental organizations working in the area of democracy and human rights. Between 2005-2011 at the Democracy Coalition Project, Ms. Fassihian led multilateral strategies at the United Nations, where she monitored the state of democracy and human rights around the world and tracked the foreign policies of governments on human rights priorities. She has facilitated the work civil society coalitions on a broad range of thematic, emergency, and chronic human rights situations and led successful international campaigns at the UN Human Rights Council and UN General Assembly. Ms. Fassihian has also worked on elections in the Middle East, civil rights in the post 9/11 period, and U.S. national security. Ms. Fassihian holds a B.A. from George Mason University and an M.A. in international relations and Middle East Studies at the John Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. Ms. Fassihian has lived and worked in Iran and Egypt. She is fluent in Farsi, and has received advanced training in French and Arabic.