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Children’s Rights Researcher, Human Rights Watch
Margaret Wurth is a researcher with the Children’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, where she focuses on child labor and health. Wurth has investigated access to HIV prevention and treatment in North Carolina, New York, and California. More recently, she has researched hazardous child labor in gold mining in the Philippines and in tobacco farming in the United States, Brazil, and Indonesia. Wurth’s op-eds have been published in The Guardian, CNN, The Progressive Magazine, Huffington Post, and other outlets. She has co-authored articles published in peer-reviewed journals on the public health impacts of police and prosecutors using possession of condoms as evidence to support prostitution-related charges. Before joining Human Rights Watch in 2012, Wurth worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with a community-based organization in North Carolina. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.