Worden joined Human Rights Watch in 1998. Before that, she lived and worked in Hong Kong as an adviser to Democratic Party chairman Martin Lee and worked at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. as a speechwriter for the U.S. Attorney General and in the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys.
Worden is editor of China's Great Leap: The Beijing Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenges (Seven Stories Press, 2008) and Unfinished Revolution; Voices from the Global Fight for Women's Rights (Seven Stories Press, 2012) and co-editor with Kenneth Roth and Amy Bernstein of Torture: Does It Make Us Safer? Is It Ever OK?: A Human Rights Perspective (New Press, 2005).
A native of Tennessee, Worden is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an elected member of the Overseas Press Club's Board of Governors. She speaks Cantonese and German.
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