Senior Legal Worker
Ibraham Qatabi is a senior legal worker at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where he helps coordinate a large network of pro bono counsel representing Guantánamo detainees and assists with attorney-client meetings at the prison. Mr. Qatabi also serves as a UN/U.S. advisor to the Nobel Peace Laureate Tawakkol Karman of Yemen, and was a lead advisor on the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Prior to joining the Center for Constitutional Rights, he interned in the Terrorism/Counter-Terrorism section at Human Rights Watch in New York. He is a cum laude graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, where he earned a B.A. in international criminal justice with a certificate in dispute resolution and a minor in government. Mr. Qatabi is a frequent commentator on Yemeni affairs on various cable news networks, including Al Aljazeera, RT (Arabic and English), Aljazeera America, and Alhurra TV, among others. During the Arab Spring, Qatabi co-founded the Yemeni American Coalition for Change (YACC) to support change and the democracy movement in Yemen.