Hardy is the legal director at Human Rights First in Washington, D.C. Formerly, he was a public policy fellow with Save the Children in Amman, Jordan, where he works on child protection issues impacting Syria refugee children in urban areas and at the Za’atri refugee camp in Northern Jordan.
Hardy also has extensive experience with asylum law, including recent work on two successful Afghan refugee matters involving college-age students. He also handled a high-profile case involving a United States Army soldier facing court-martial after blowing the whistle on the abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Recently, he was a human rights observer at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during the pretrial proceedings involving the alleged 9.11 plotters. In 2011 and 2012, he co-led two service-learning trips to Haiti where medical and lay personnel provided primary medical care to local residents. These two trips came on the heels of a humanitarian relief mission to Haiti two weeks after the 2010 earthquake. In 2010, the D.C. Bar recognized him as its Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year.
Hardy started his career as a criminal appellate defense counsel in the United States Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where he handled a death penalty case and national security matters. He frequently serves as a commentator on military justice issues on NPR, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, among others.
Hardy received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and his law and Master of Public Policy degrees from the University of Michigan. He is a native of New York City