Rachel Harvey

Regional Adviser Child Protection

UNICEF’s East Asia and Pacific

Rachel Harvey is the Regional Adviser Child Protection for UNICEF’s East Asia and Pacific. She has been a passionate child rights advocate for over 20 years, engaged in research, advocacy and programming on child protection, justice for children and child rights in East Asia and the Pacific, Central Asia, Africa, Central America, Eastern Europe and the Caucuses.  

She joined UNICEF in 2010 as a Child Justice Specialist in Tanzania. She moved to Nigeria in 2014 as the Chief Child Protection and joined UNICEF HQ’s Child Protection team focusing on violence against children in 2017. Prior to joining UNICEF, Ms Harvey worked with Coram Children’s Legal Centre for over 10 years, where she was Head of International Programmes. She undertook research, provided technical assistance and delivered training on child protection systems strengthening, child justice reform and child rights, implemented programmes on trafficking, alternative care, legal aid and diversion, and set up a child rights NGO in Tajikistan.

Ms Harvey currently coordinates UNICEF’s regional engagement on prevention and response to violence against children, leading a range of initiatives, including on child online protection, mental health, positive parenting, and social service workforce strengthening, as well as the child protection emergency response during COVID-19.