Senior Fellow


Trevor Sutton is a senior fellow for National Security and International Policy at American Progress. Previously, Sutton worked at the U.N. Development Programme and International Organization for Migration, where he advised on anti-corruption issues. He also served as a presidential management fellow in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and as a judicial clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Sutton has published on a range of legal and foreign policy issues, including a book on the constitutional legacy of the war on terror written with Yale Law School professor Owen Fiss. Sutton holds a B.A. from Stanford University; an M.Phil. from Oxford, where he was a Marshall scholar; and a J.D. from Yale. He speaks Mandarin and French. In addition to his work at American Progress, Sutton is a senior adviser for foreign policy at Human Rights First.

Latest by Trevor Sutton

Seafood Slavery Report

Seafood Slavery

Recent media investigations have revealed regular use of forced labor in the international seafood supply chain. Here’s how the U.S. government and the private sector should respond to curtail these abuses.

Trevor Sutton, Avery Siciliano

Violence and Peace Report
People march in protest to demand justice over the murder of environmentalist and indigenous leader Berta Caceres in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Friday, April 1, 2016. It has been almost one month since she was shot four times by gunmen who broke into her home. Caceres, who won the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize pushing a grassroots campaign opposing a controversial dam project, had complained of death threats from police, the army and landowners’ groups before she was slain. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)

Violence and Peace

In countries across the world, corrupt officials conspire with criminal actors to profit off of human misery. The United States and its international partners should do more to hold both groups accountable for their abuses.

Trevor Sutton

Building Accountability From the Inside Out Report
Commissioner of CICIG, Ivan Velasquez, writes at a press conference, March 2016. (AP/Moises Castillo)

Building Accountability From the Inside Out

An international body based in Guatemala has made major progress against entrenched corruption in the country, achieving what few thought was possible. This report examines the factors behind that success and whether they can be replicated in other places that graft plagues.

Trevor Sutton

Let the Sunshine In Report
The Open Government Partnership was established in 2011 and includes 69 countries.

Let the Sunshine In

This report assesses how the Open Government Partnership—an innovative experiment in multilateral cooperation—is faring after four years and offers recommendations going forward.

Molly Elgin-Cossart, Trevor Sutton, Kathryn Sachs

Tackling Corruption in Afghanistan: It’s Now or Never Report
Civil-society activists in Kabul, Afghanistan, chant slogans during a September 2014 rally. (AP/Massoud Hossaini)

Tackling Corruption in Afghanistan: It’s Now or Never

Afghanistan has become one of the most corrupt countries on earth, but the election of a new government offers a critical opportunity for reform that neither Kabul nor Washington can afford to waste.

Mary Beth Goodman, Trevor Sutton

A Pivotal Year for Malaysia on the Global Stage Report
Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations pose for a group photo before commencing the plenary session of the 47th ASEAN Foreign Ministers meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, August 8, 2014. (AP/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

A Pivotal Year for Malaysia on the Global Stage

As it assumes the chairmanship of ASEAN and takes a two-year nonpermanent seat on the U.N. Security Council, Malaysia will be a focus of the United States’ engagement in Asia and have an outsized presence throughout 2015. The United States has much to gain from enhanced ties with Malaysia, but there are limits to the relationship.

Brian Harding, Trevor Sutton