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David McKean is the Asia Program Officer at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, where he oversees legal and advocacy work with partners throughout the region, with a current focus on Myanmar, Bangladesh and North Korea. In Asia, David works with a wide range of civil society activists and human rights defenders to strengthen their work and their voice. David also manages the organization's work on Western Sahara, focusing on the lack of respect for the right of self-determination and other human rights abuses on the ground.
Prior to joining Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, David practiced civil rights law at Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, an organization dedicated to advancing the rights of LGBT members of the United States military. In his capacity as Legal Director of the organization he worked extensively on the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and the overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act by the United States Supreme Court.
David earned his B.A. in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley and his J.D. from the American University, Washington College of Law. During law school he was elected to be the Executive Editor of the American University International Law Review.