Hannah Hetzer

speaker Hannah Hetzer

Senior International Policy Manager, Drug Policy Alliance


Hannah Hetzer is Senior International Policy Manager at the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) based in New York. She serves as the 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, where she worked on the campaign that made Uruguay 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). She 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. Her interest has been magnified since learning about the myriad negative effects of punitive drug policies on human rights around the world.