Hannah Hetzer, Policy Manager, the Americas
Hannah Hetzer is policy manager of the Americas at the Drug Policy Alliance, based in New York. She serves as DPA’s liaison for Latin American and broader international issues, closely following, supporting and informing developments in drug policy reform in the region. Hetzer spent 2013 in Uruguay, working on the campaign that made it the first country in the world to legalize marijuana.
Hetzer received her bachelor’s degree in Economics, Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick (UK) and has previously worked with the Latin America Unit of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Americas Division at Human Rights Watch, and the Human Rights Foundation.
Hetzer’s interest in drug policy stems from her concern about the dire consequences of the war on drugs in Latin American countries and has been magnified since learning about the myriad negative effects of punitive drug policies on human rights globally.