Sarah Maguire is DAI’s Global Director of Safeguarding, a role created in 2019 to strengthen DAI’s policies and practice regarding the prevention of and response to sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment. Before taking this position, Sarah was Director of the Governance team in our U.K. office. Sarah started her human rights career as a practicing barrister in criminal defense, immigration, asylum, and family law before joining the former U.K. Department for International Development (now Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office) as a Senior Human Rights Adviser. She has more than 20 years of experience at the country level, and international and policy experience with governments, nongovernmental organizations, and United Nations entities. Sarah has worked mainly across South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, implementing, managing, and evaluating programmes in fragile and conflict-affected states.

At DAI, Sarah has been Technical Director on human rights and justice sector programmes including the AAWAZ Voice and Accountability Programme in Pakistan, Building Resilience in Civil Society in Kenya, Access to Security and Justice in Sierra Leone, and Enhancing Democracy and Civic Engagement in Pakistan. Sarah is recognised globally as an expert on the practical application of international human rights law; women, peace, and security; violence against women and girls, and justice sector reform.

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