The team

The Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) is a unique collaborative venture between human rights practitioners, researchers, academics, and other supporters. It is hosted by Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, a non-profit research institute based in New Zealand, ranked in the top ten economic think-tanks worldwide. HRMI is also collaborating closely with a number of academic organisations, and a range of NGOs working to advance human rights.

Core HRMI team

The HRMI team includes some of the world’s most experienced experts in the field, including developers of some of the most widely used existing measures of civil and political rights, and the prize-winning authors of the best existing measures of economic, social and cultural rights.

Stephen Bagwell
ESR Team
Stephen Bagwell
Economic and Social Rights Metrics Team
United States

Stephen has a passion for understanding the economic causes and consequences of governments behaving badly. As a political scientist, he teaches courses on human rights, political economy, and politico-economic development. He has worked on several measurement projects related to human rights and well-being, including his dissertation, which focused on developing multiple metrics measuring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Stephen's recent research is focused on the intersection of human security and economics. He earned his PhD in 2019 from the University of Georgia, and is currently teaching courses at the University of Missouri- St Louis.

Morgan Barney
CPR Metrics Team
Morgan Barney
Civil and Political Rights Metrics Team
United States

Morgan Barney is a second year graduate student at the University of Georgia. She completed her BA degree in International Studies from Covenant College where she began her study of human rights, particularly human trafficking trends in Eastern Europe. Morgan has travelled to the country of Moldova six times where the majority of her human rights advocacy work has occurred. In summer 2019, she completed a research internship with international human rights NGO International Justice Mission in Washington, DC.

Anne-Marie Brook
Co-founder
Anne-Marie Brook
Co-founder and Development Lead
New Zealand

Anne-Marie is a former economist with a passion for helping to bring about systemic change. She has been instrumental in identifying the need for more and better human rights data, building the HRMI team, and helping others see how their skills can contribute collaboratively to making our world a better place. Prior to making the jump into human rights, Anne-Marie worked as a senior economist for the OECD and the New Zealand public sector. She is an Edmund Hillary Fellow and has degrees in Psychology and Economics from the University of Otago and an MPA in Economics from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), which she attended on a Fulbright Scholarship.

Listen to Anne-Marie talk more about her journey to co-founding HRMI in this This is Candor podcast interview. Watch her TEDx talk: Let's Measure What We Treasure: human rights.

Catherine Chong
Engagement & Operations
Catherine Chong
Survey Engagement & Operations Lead
New Zealand

Catherine is a trend curator who specialises in turning data into useful information. She's passionate about empowering the underprivileged through innovative education and employability training. Catherine grew up in Malaysia and has a Degree in Physics from the National University of Singapore. Since July 2019 she is taking charge of HRMI’s expert survey engagement & operations.

K. Chad Clay
Co-founder
K. Chad Clay
Co-founder and Civil and Political Rights Metrics Lead
United States

Chad is a political scientist with a deep interest in furthering our understanding of human rights practices, political violence, organised dissent, and economic development. Chad teaches classes on human rights, international relations, and political economy in the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at the University of Georgia, and has published widely in leading journals. One of the co-founders of HRMI, Chad is leading the design and development of our Civil and Political Rights metrics. He brings with him more than a decade of experience in the area of measuring human rights, including as co-director of the (now archived) CIRI Human Rights Data Project. Chad received his PhD in political science from Binghamton University in 2012.

Drew Dalton
SOGIESC Human Rights Lead
Drew Dalton
SOGIESC Human Rights Lead (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Sex Characteristics)
United Kingdom

Drew Dalton is the Founder and Chair of ReportOUT, a global SOGIESC human rights organisation based in the United Kingdom but with trustees from all over the globe. With a background in a range of roles themed around campaigning, human rights and the Third Sector, he brings a passion and zeal for social justice and social change for SOGIESC people. Drew is currently a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and was the former Chair of Hidayah, a U.K. LGBTQI+ organisation for LGBTQI+ Muslims. His research is focused on the lived experiences of SOGIESC people in nation states as well as global homo/bi/transphobia, global health and HIV and queer Muslims.

Zoë Higgins
Partnerships
Zoë Higgins
Partnerships
New Zealand

Zoë is a part-time poet and ex-development worker who’s spent time living in half a dozen countries. She has previously worked for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Wellington Women’s Health Collective, and as a freelance designer and tech in the arts sector. She volunteers her time to groups working on justice transformation, decolonisation, and queer issues in Aotearoa, and holds a BA(Hons) in Geography from the University of Cambridge.

Thalia Kehoe Rowden
Communications Lead
Thalia Kehoe Rowden
Communications Lead
New Zealand

Thalia is a writer, editor and activist who joined Amnesty at 13 years old. She has a BA in Linguistics and an LLB(Hons) from Victoria University of Wellington, where she had a special focus on international human rights law. After graduating in Applied Theology from Carey Baptist College in Auckland, she worked as a Baptist minister in New Plymouth, New Zealand, and then with Partners Relief & Development in South East Asia.

Meridith Lavelle
CPR Metrics Team
Meridith Lavelle
Civil and Political Rights Metrics Team
United States

Meridith is a Master's student at the University of Georgia's School of Political and International Affairs. Driven by her desire for the advancement of human rights, a continued understanding of the varying challenges facing human rights, and the expansion of human rights education and awareness, she is dedicated to facilitating her contributions through empirical research and collaboration with others. Her research agenda centers on the intersections of human rights, dissent/repression, democratization, and technology/media.

Sam Manuela
Pacific Data Co-Lead
Sam Manuela
Pacific Data Co-Lead
Cook Islands

Sam is a Cook Island lecturer and researcher based in the School of Psychology at The University of Auckland. Sam’s PhD focused on scale development where he constructed psychometric tools that reflect Pacific values and concepts of identity and wellbeing. Sam’s current research focuses on knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes about mental health, and he is in the process of developing a study identifying the prevalence of mental illness in the Cook Islands. Sam’s interests in HRMI relate to his passion for seeing Pacific realities reflected in the quantitative research and ensuring high quality data benefits Pacific communities.

Livvy Mitchell
Research Analyst
Livvy Mitchell
Research Analyst
New Zealand

Livvy is a budding economist with a passion for criminal justice and people’s wellbeing. After completing her Master of Business at AUT in 2019, Livvy is now working as a research analyst at Motu Economic & Public Policy Research. She is a strong advocate for using empirical evidence to prompt social change and enjoys using integrated data to produce such evidence.

Matthew Rains
CPR Metrics Team
Matthew Rains
Civil and Political Rights Metrics Team
United States

Matthew is a Ph.D student with the University of Georgia's School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA). Passionate about using research to advance and improve human rights conditions globally, his research agenda focuses on human rights, political violence, and discrimination. Matthew's experience with human rights measurement projects includes research assistantships on the Sub-National Analysis of Repression Project (SNARP), and past stints with HRMI before joining as a full-time RA.

Susan Randolph
Co-founder
Susan Randolph
Co-founder and Economic and Social Rights Metrics Lead
United States

Susan’s life-long interest in people’s wellbeing and economic development has led her to push the frontiers of our knowledge and help develop a ground-breaking approach for measuring the fulfilment of Economic and Social Rights. Her recent book describing this approach, Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights with Sakiko Fukuda-Parr and Terra Lawson-Remer (Oxford University Press, 2015), won the 2016 best book of the year award from the American Political Science Association's Human Rights Section. Susan is Co-Director of the Economic and Social Rights Empowerment Initiative, and Co-Director of the Research Program on Economic & Social Rights at the University of Connecticut's Human Rights Institute. She has a PhD in economics from Cornell University.

Pratibha Singh
Intern
Pratibha Singh
Intern
New Zealand

An England-born Kiwi Indian, Pratibha has travelled, studied, and worked across 5 continents. She is passionate about global citizenship, decolonisation, and sustainability, and has recently completed a Bachelor of Global Studies majoring in Global Environment and Sustainable Development. In 2018, she was selected as one of 100 change-makers globally by Future Talks Foundation to engage in an expedition to the Arctic. She has previously undertaken or assisted research related to indigenous, environmental, and cyber-rights at the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network International, the George Mason Centre for the Natural Environment, and more recently, the Business School at the University of Auckland.

John (Jay) Stewart
ESR Metrics Team
John (Jay) Stewart
Economic and Social Rights Metrics Team
United States

Jay is a researcher in the areas of sociology of science, environmental justice and human rights. Prior to becoming an emeritus professor in 2014, he taught sociology, research methods and statistics at Washington State University and at the University of Hartford. More recently he has continued to work on social justice and environmental issues, and is part of our Economic and Social Rights metrics team. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Seuta’afili Patrick Thomsen
Pacific Data Co-Lead
Seuta’afili Patrick Thomsen
Pacific Data Co-Lead
Samoa

Patrick is a Samoan academic and researcher with an interdisciplinary background in Pacific and international studies, gender, and GLBT studies, politics, development, and human rights. He is currently a lecturer in Pacific Studies at the University of Auckland where he teaches Pacific studies, gender studies, Asian studies and global studies programs. Patrick is passionate about exploring ways to better position the Pacific in global discussions around human rights, gender/sexuality, and the advancement of all communities of the Pacific.

Charlotte Weston
Admin Coordinator
Charlotte Weston
Administrative Coordinator
New Zealand

Charlotte is a writer and designer. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from Victoria University of Wellington Te Herenga Waka. She has worked in media, photography, and administration, and is the administrative coordinator for the HRMI team. 

 

HRMI Ambassadors

HRMI Ambassadors are our local partners – people who are part of the local human rights community, and whose values are aligned with ours. These people play an important role in connecting HRMI to the local human rights community and help us identify potential survey respondents in their country. HRMI Ambassadors for some countries wish to remain anonymous and are not listed here.

Simão Hossi
Angola
Simão Hossi
Angola

Simão is a journalist, an advocate for women's rights and gender equality, and a civic activist in Angola. He is also a poet, photographer and news blogger. He has written for Clube K and Revista Pueblo and now writes regularly for Radio Angola and Global Voices. He is currently completing the 3rd year of the Communication Sciences Course at the Independent University of Angola and has participated in debates and conferences on human rights at the national and international level.

Steven Caruana
Australia
Steven Caruana
Australia

Steven is a human rights advocate and specialist in detention monitoring. Steven is the Coordinator of the Australia OPCAT Network, a coalition of non-government organisations, academics, statutory officer holders and oversight bodies interested in preventive human rights monitoring under the UN Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. Steven is also involved monitoring aged care facilities and designated mental health units. Steven is a Churchill Fellow and is pursuing a Masters in Human Rights Law with the University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Ana Addobbati
Brazil
Ana Addobbati
Brazil

Ana Addobbati has led the NGO Social Good Brasil since 2019, when the organisation started fostering initiatives for the use of data for social impact and campaigning for the national chapter of the Movement Data for Good. Since then, she has become an ambassador for the use of data for tracking opportunities of exponential support for minorities, inhabitants from the slums and other vulnerable groups. She was nominated as one of the Brazilian ambassadors of HRIM - Human Resources International, in a moment where the democratic space in the country is under risk. Aside from her work at Social Good Brasil, she is a voluntary member of the Advisory Board at Civicus Alliance for the Civil Society, based in South Africa, and a member of DIGNA (Diversity and Inclusion Group for Network in Action) - a global thematic group for tracking initiatives and cases that foster inclusion within organisations. She founded Women Friendly, a social startup that fights sexual harassment in organisations and private spaces using corporate education and technology, having conducted workshops in several cities in Brazil, USA, Mexico, Portugal and Serbia.

Ana Teresa Corzanego Khatounian
Brazil
Ana Teresa Corzanego Khatounian
Brazil

Ana Teresa is a Brazilian human rights activist and researcher. She has experience in working with the right to housing, access to justice, community empowerment, and pro-bono legal assistance. She is pursuing her Masters in Transitional Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. Ana Teresa founded and coordinates Amnesty International's Activism Group in Londrina, Paraná, Brazil, and is a Project Assistant to the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition at the Centre for Human Rights of the University of Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

Catherine Evans
Cook Islands
Catherine Evans
Cook Islands

Catherine is passionate about the growth to leadership of young Cook Islands women and assisting the women to overcome the barriers to leadership such as domestic violence, poverty, and the lack of educational and employment opportunities. She has been fortunate to learn skills in her legal career which enables her to provide that assistance. Catherine is Barrister and Solicitor in private practice in the Cook Islands; she is admitted to the New Zealand and Cook Islands High Courts and has 20 years post admission experience. In the Cook Islands, lawyers must have knowledge and experience across many areas of law, Catherine's experience ranges from practice in family law, employment law, public and administrative law, environment, contract law, the release of official information and anti-corruption and counter-terrorist financing laws.

Sylvette Balungwe
Democratic Republic of Congo
Sylvette Balungwe
Democratic Republic of Congo

Sylvette is a human rights advocate with a focus on women's rights and gender equality. She is a dedicated human rights educator within Observatoire des Droits de l'Homme in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she coordinates activities related to women's empowerment and awareness of bills of human rights. She has helped to implement plans and programmes related to sexual and gender based violence, developed to train secondary school teachers and students, improving their perception of gender balance and spreading a positive message of healthy masculinity through community awareness and advocacy campaigns.

Marstella Jack
Federated States of Micronesia
Marstella Jack
Federated States of Micronesia

Marstella founded the Law Office of Marstella E. Jack in 2007 and has since engaged in diverse areas of law and litigation including human rights, employment, criminal defense, climate justice, fisheries and maritime etc. She has extensive involvement as a volunteer legal advisor on human rights and social justice in FSM. She's also a staunch advocate for the  enactment of legislation for family protection and human rights law across the Pacific.

Broderick Mervyn
Fiji
Broderick Mervyn
Fiji

Broderick Mervyn (from the village(s) of Oinafa, Rotuma and Juju, Rotuma) was born and raised in Nadi, Fiji where his passion is to work with and for the Pacific people around the world. He has been an avid advocate on issues such as youth engagement, accessibility to justice, human rights and climate change at national, regional and international forums. Broderick has received numerous awards including the Member of the Order of Fiji (MOF), 2020 Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work for the Pacific Region and the Fiji Youth Co:Lab Innovative Award.

Vehia Wheeler
French Polynesia
Vehia Wheeler
French Polynesia

Born and raised in Hawai’i, and with ancestral roots to Mo’orea and Mangareva, French Polynesia, Vehia’s upbringing has instilled a passion for healthy and balanced (pono) island environments. She is based in Tahiti, French Polynesia and is the co-founder of Sustainable Oceania Solutions, a socially and environmentally-responsible consulting firm. She is a staunch advocate for indigenous rights and the perpetuation of her indigenous culture.

Mohammed Shamma
Jordan
Mohammed Shamma
Jordan

Mohammed Shamma is a Jordanian journalist specialising in human rights. He has been working for Canadian organisation Journalists for Human Rights as a media trainer based in Amman, Jordan since 2014. Over the past 15 years, Shamma has produced and presented several leading radio shows at the main community radio in Amman, Balad Radio, and produced a series of documentaries focusing on human rights. Shamma is working beside Jordanian journalists from several media outlets to produce human rights stories with data journalism.

Aina Shormanbayeva
Kazakhstan
Aina Shormanbayeva
Kazakhstan

Aina Shormanbayeva is a human rights defender in Kazakhstan. She began her work as a human rights lawyer in 2002. Since 2010 she organised and headed the International Legal Initiative Public Foundation, one of the leading human rights organizations in Kazakhstan. Aina is engaged in the promotion and protection of civil and political rights, including legal assistance to vulnerable groups, such as victims of torture, human trafficking, refugees, and people without housing and documents. An important part of her work is the promotion of human rights in the legislation of Kazakhstan.

Adama K. Dempster
Liberia
Adama K. Dempster
Liberia

Adama is a Liberian human rights and justice campaigner with over 10 years of experience in the field of human rights and transitional justice nationally and internationally. He is the founding national director and lead investigator at the Independent Human Rights Investigators (IHRI) and Secretary General at the Civil Society Human Rights Advocacy Platform of Liberia.

Ian Yee
Malaysia
Ian Yee
Investigative Journalist
Malaysia

Ian Yee is an award-winning investigative and impact journalist whose work focuses on social justice issues. He is a founder of The Fourth, a not-for-profit social enterprise that uses investigative journalism, multimedia content and creative digital advocacy to support social justice movements, and provides training and support to civil society organisations. He is also currently executive director of the Environmental Reporting Collective (ERC), an award-winning global collective of investigative journalists that produces innovative collaborative projects on environmental crimes; and a national consultant for Unicef in Malaysia. On a personal level, he has also been selected as an Obama Foundation Leader, an Acumen Academy Fellow, a GenT honouree, and a UK International Leadership Programme participant.

Moñeka De Oro
Mariana Islands
Moñeka De Oro
Mariana Islands

Moñeka has a great love for Mariana Islands flora and fauna and she is passionate about using art to communicate the impacts of climate change in her community.  She is currently the Just Transition Curriculum and Policy Fellow at the Micronesia Climate Change Alliance. Her current work includes creating educational web content on issues like food security and wildfire prevention. As a mother and educator she is most excited in empowering youth for climate action in Micronesia  She is a regular speaker at various history and sustainability conferences and a great advocate in preserving and promoting her indigenous Chamoru culture.

Carlos Zazueta
Mexico
Carlos Zazueta
Mexico

Carlos is researcher on Mexico at Amnesty International. He is responsible for collecting and analysing data on human rights violations, as well as advising on legal and policy issues. Carlos previously worked as a lawyer at the Center for Justice and International Law representing cases before the Inter-American Human Rights System. He brings to HRMI his expertise as a human rights lawyer and activist in the Americas. He has participated in HRMI workshops and in several discussions on how to better present the data.

Tomás Queface
Mozambique
Tomás Queface
Mozambique

Tomás is a Mozambican researcher and activist with interests in social development, extractive industry, and ICT4D. He holds an MA in Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation from the University of Sussex, England. Since 2015 he has been working with communities affected by mining in Mozambique and South Africa.

David Matsinhe
Mozambique/Angola
David Matsinhe
Mozambique/Angola

David is the Lusophone Research Specialist at Amnesty International. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Most of his work focuses on Angola and Mozambique. David is passionate about creative and innovative ways of galvanizing the public for positive change and is contributing his expertise to the development of HRMI's civil and political rights expert survey methodology. Previous positions include senior lecturer of development studies and social innovation at the University of Johannesburg, and a World Bank senior coach on change management in the Ministry of Education in Mozambique. David earned his PhD in political sociology from the University of Alberta where he was a Canada Graduate Scholar.

Jay Gataua
Niue
Jay Gataua
Niue

Jay was born and raised in Niue and lives there with her husband and three daughters. She holds a BA from the University of Canterbury, and an LLB from the University of the South Pacific. She has worked in a variety of roles in Niue over the years and for the past three years has held the role of UN Coordination Officer for Niue. She is a fluent speaker of Vagahau Niue and English.

Diane Kambanei
Papua New Guinea
Diane Kambanei
Papua New Guinea

Diane is an advocate for women’s rights and adolescence sexual reproductive health in Papua New Guinea. She sits on the board of youth organisation OlaFou PNG and Safe Motherhood Alliance PNG (SMALL PNG). She hosts the TV program EXTRA that focuses on stories that empower women and youth in PNG. Diane is a Chevening Scholar and has recently completed her Msc in Global Heath specialising in sexual reproductive health from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Charles Dean
Samoa
Charles Dean
Samoa

Born and raised in Samoa, Charles is passionate about education and the professional development of youth. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Victoria University of Wellington and subsequently held a range of law reform roles in the areas of family law, civil procedure, and drug reform as well as human rights law in Samoa. Most recently he held the position of principal legal advisor for the Office of the Ombudsman/ National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) of Samoa. He is currently undertaking a Masters degree in International Human Rights at the University of Essex, England.

Julia Legner
Saudi Arabia
Julia Legner
Saudi Arabia

Julia Legner is a political scientist and human rights professional. She is the co-founder of Geneva based legal advocacy NGO MENA Rights Group and Head of Advocacy at London based Saudi focused NGO ALQST for Human Rights. She has over seven years of work experience providing legal assistance and advocating on behalf of victims of human and labour rights violations in the MENA region. She holds a BA in Arabic and International Relations from Westminster University and an MA in Middle Eastern Politics from the School of African and Oriental Studies at the University of London.

Hala Al-Dosari
Saudi Arabia
Hala Al-Dosari
Saudi Arabia

Hala Aldosari is a Saudi scholar in gender and health, focusing on women’s social determinants of health and violence against women in Saudi Arabia. She is currently the Wilhelm Fellow at the MIT Center for International Studies and serves on the advisory boards of Human Rights Watch Middle East/North Africa division and the Gulf Center for Human Rights. She previously served as Scholar-in-Residence at NYU’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and as a Visiting Scholar at both Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute and the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, DC. Aldosari earned a PhD from Old Dominion University and an MS from the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom. Aldosari is also an op-ed writer and her writings were featured in several leading journals. She was the inaugural Khashoggi fellow at the Washington Post.

Jennifer Kusapa
Solomon Islands
Jennifer Kusapa
Solomon Islands

Jennifer is a journalist in the Solomon Islands. She reports on crime and court proceedings and decisions. Jennifer is passionate about advocating for positive changes in her community, including making her community aware of their legal and human rights.

Takgon Lee
South Korea
Takgon Lee
South Korea

Takgon Lee is an attorney working at Dongcheon Foundation, a public interest law foundation founded by Bae, Kim and Lee, LLC. Before joining Dongcheon, Takgon worked as a corporate counsel. Now, he focuses on legal advocacy and policy reform for refugees and migrants. His current interests include universal birth registration, right to stay for undocumented migrant children, as well as domestic interpretation and implementation of international human rights treaties and instruments including Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Global Compact for Migration. He also serves as the secretary at the Human Rights Committee of the Korean Bar Association, and the deputy Chair at the International Solidarity Committee of MINBYUN – Lawyers for a Democratic Society. Takgon received Juris Doctor in Korea on 2013, and was admitted into Korea Bar Association on 2013 and California Bar Association on 2015.

Hyeong-sik Yoo
South Korea
Hyeong-sik Yoo
South Korea

Hyeong-sik is a human rights and civil society consultant with a regional focus on Asia. He previously worked as a project manager for the Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems, International (HURIDOCS) supporting human rights defenders through open source technology, knowledge management and capacity building.

‘Ofa Guttenbeil-Likiliki
Tonga
‘Ofa Guttenbeil-Likiliki
Tonga

‘Ofa works to empower Tongan women. She tells survivors’ stories of violence against women and girls, drawing attention to this pressing issue in Tonga. ‘Ofa founded and served as the director of Tonga’s Women & Children Crisis Center. She has twice been nominated for the USA Secretary of State International Women of Courage Award for her work in the area of women and children’s rights in Tonga.

Eliala (Ellie) Christina Fihaki
Tuvalu
Eliala (Ellie) Christina Fihaki
Tuvalu

Ellie has worked in the Pacific region for different organisations and national governments for seventeen years. Her work centers around environment governance, particularly strategy/policy development, project management in the area of biodiversity conservation, climate adaptation and climate finance. Ellie has teaching experience at the tertiary level, co-authored a book "Plants of Tuvalu" and recently had the opportunity to write a report on gender and climate financing for Oxfam in the Pacific. Her interest in the area of human rights is in indigenous rights - preserving their identity, maintaining the connection between people, land and ocean.

Jen Ang
United Kingdom
Jen Ang
United Kingdom

Jen is a human rights lawyer and co-Founding Director of JustRight Scotland, a human rights legal charity. She is responsible for its development and oversees its policy, research and strategic communications and campaigning work. She is qualified to practice in Scotland, England, Wales, and the New York State in the United States. She is a legal expert on asylum, human rights, children’s rights, and on the rights of survivors of torture.  Jen is also a lecturer in law with the Open University in Scotland, and an enthusiastic advocate of widening access to education for all.

Peggy Manning
United Kingdom
Peggy Manning
United Kingdom

Peggy is a human rights advocate and communications specialist in the cultural sector. She is committed to engaging the public through the arts to spark debate and inspire action towards local and global concerns. Her work in the charity sector has focused on digital and event fundraising together with campaign strategy. Peggy is an active grassroots campaigner on issues including housing, climate change, and human rights.

Hayley Willingale
United Kingdom
Hayley Willingale
United Kingdom

Hayley is currently Head of Human Rights Monitoring at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Great Britain's national human rights institution. Her work involves assessing the UK's compliance with international human rights law, advising government on ways in which human rights could be better protected in law and policy, and building the capacity of civil society and other actors to engage with the international framework.

Megan McDonough
United States
Megan McDonough
United States

Megan is a human rights lawyer who has dedicated her career to advocating for freedom of movement for all, especially people most vulnerable to harm. She is currently a supervising attorney at the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), based in New York. Prior to joining IRAP, Megan worked throughout Southeast Asia and North Africa, leading legal teams in advocating for refugee rights and protections.

Shelbi Swanson
United States
Shelbi Swanson
United States

Shelbi is a human rights advocate and scholar who believes that it is crucial to engage with human rights issues at the interface of theory and practice. This perspective developed as she pursued a robust human rights-centered education alongside advocacy roles with Amnesty International. Shelbi recently received her MSc in human rights, with distinction, from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and now intends to pursue doctoral study in political science, focusing on human rights, global justice, and inequality.

Anne Pakoa
Vanuatu
Anne Pakoa
Vanuatu

Anne Pakoa is the founder and CEO of the Vanuatu Human Rights Coalition, training human rights defenders to advocate for the rights of indigenous Ni – Vanuatu to ensure equitable access to social and economic goods for all. Anne is a registered nurse and nurse educator by profession, and she has worked in the NGO sector for 22 years, setting up a few NGOs such as Anne’s Christian Community Health School and Nursing Services, and the Vanuatu Young Women for Change. She is also chair and vice-chair on a number of other boards. Anne has been recognised by the US Secretary of State and the Commonwealth Fellow for her extraordinary commitment to fight for social justice and was awarded the 2015 US Ambassador Women of Courage Award.  

Edward Pérez
Venezuela
Edward Pérez
Venezuela

Edward Pérez is a Venezuelan human rights lawyer, with an LL.M. in international law from the University of Cambridge. He is the Senior Legal Advisor for the Center for Reproductive Rights' Latin American Program. He has published several articles on different topics on human rights.

Situations Vacant
We have vacancies for the Ambassadors for Kiribati, American Samoa, Palau, Wallis and Futuna, and Tokelau. Could you be a HRMI Ambassador for one of these countries and territories? Please apply for this role by sending your CV to Catherine at [email protected]

 

Wider HRMI team

A range of other human rights researchers and academics are contributing to the development of our methodologies and practices. Some of these include:

Shaan Badenhorst
Research Analyst
Shaan Badenhorst
Research Analyst
New Zealand

Working as a research analyst at Motu Economic & Public Policy Research in New Zealand, Shaan is working towards gaining the knowledge and experience to undertake a PhD in Health Economics. He completed his honours year in economics at the University of Auckland in 2018. Born in South Africa, he speaks English and Afrikaans. He is passionate about investigating the relationship between the health and education outcomes of children.

Ryan Bakker
CPR Metrics Team
Ryan Bakker
Civil and Political Rights Metrics Team
United States

Ryan is a political scientist who has has dedicated himself to understanding and remedying the causes of social inequality through social scientific methods. His research and teaching interests include survey research and measurement, politics, and terrorism/international conflict. Ryan teaches in the Department of Political Science at the University of Georgia, is Director of the Center for the Study of Global Issues, and is contributing his expertise to the development of our Civil and Political Rights metrics. He received his PhD in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007.

Paddy Baylis
Researcher
Paddy Baylis
Researcher
New Zealand

Paddy Baylis is a rising Junior at Pomona College in Claremont, California. He is working towards a degree in Economics minoring in Mathematics finishing in 2023. He has a passion for data driven policy and utilizing data and research to drive real-world change. Currently his work with HRMI focuses around exploring data for sub-populations and investigating how policy differences drive disparities between countries and populations. 

Sarah Bichan
Multilingual Web Editor
Sarah Bichan
Multilingual Web Editor
New Zealand

Sarah is passionate about languages and working with not-for-profits and believes in the power of education and community development to foster social change. She has a background in translation, research, writing, communications and editing, including a Masters in Translation Studies from the University of Edinburgh and a Masters in Linguistics from the University of Auckland.

Juliana Gil Borenstein
The Netherlands
Juliana Gil Borenstein
The Netherlands

Juliana is a Brazilian human rights lawyer passionate for migration and international criminal law. After her LL.M in Human Rights and Migration Law, Juliana worked at the International Criminal Court and United Nations Assistance for the Khmer Rouge Trials. Nowadays, she is a consultant at a Dutch company ensuring that business practices respect human rights. She is also a Cultural Mediator at Fair Work, informing migrant workers about their labour rights and supporting victims of labour exploitation.

Scott Edwards
Adviser
Scott Edwards
Adviser
United States

Scott is Senior Crisis Adviser for Amnesty International. His current work focuses on the practical use of information and communications technologies for human rights compliance monitoring and research. Scott brings to HRMI a wealth of knowledge about human rights crises across the globe, and is helping to connect us to potential survey respondents. Scott previously served in the U.S. as Amnesty’s Advocacy Director for Africa, and Director of the Crisis Prevention and Response Unit, and is a Professorial Lecturer at George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs. He completed his doctoral work in Political Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Sylvia Frain
Pacific Engagement
Sylvia Frain
Pacific Engagement Consultant
New Zealand

Sylvia currently lives on Waiheke Island in Aotearoa New Zealand and enjoys waka ama (outrigger canoeing) and spending time in and on the ocean.  She serves as a Research Associate with the Micronesian Area Research Center at the University of Guam and is one of the co-founders of The Everyday Peace Initiative, a social enterprise supporting people and communities to build peace through data, education and research. Sylvia earned her PhD with the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago, Dunedin in 2017 and was the inaugural postdoctoral fellow with the Pacific Media Centre at Auckland University of Technology in 2018.

Anna Fry
New Zealand
Anna Fry
New Zealand

Anna is an editor who has worked for HRMI, The Sapling, and Otago University Press. She has been awarded the Whitireia Graduate Certificate of Editing and a certificate in Creative Writing from The Writers Bureau in Manchester, UK. Anna is a keen writer with some published articles under her belt, and works part-time as a music teacher in the primary system. Anna is delighted to be using her editing and proof-reading skills as part of the HRMI team.

Danny Hill
CPR Metrics Team
Danny Hill
Civil and Political Rights Metrics Team
United States

Danny is a political scientist who strongly believes in the use of social scientific methods for advancing our knowledge of human rights conditions, as well as the efficacy of efforts to improve those conditions on the ground. His research agenda focuses on human rights law and practices, violent political conflict, repression, and dissent. Danny teaches classes on conflict, international organizations, international relations, and quantitative research methods in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. Danny received his PhD from Florida State University in 2012.

Rāwā Karetai
Adviser - Disability and SOGI
Rāwā Karetai
Adviser - Disability and SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity)
New Zealand

Rāwā is passionate about the communities he is a part of, having lived experience and identifying as a member of the Rainbow, Disability and Indigenous communities. He is based between in Wellington and Christchurch in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Rāwā has extensive experience in civil society and cross-Government approach to tackling complex issues and has a background in organisational change and development, strategy and leadership, Academic Board and University Council, Te Ao Māori and Capability Development. Rāwā enjoys supporting the community and grassroots organisations such as Qtopia as the Co-Chair, Christchurch Heroes as the Co-chair and Manager, Hui Takatāpui and Kahukura Pounamu as a board member, ILGA World as the Bi+ Steering Committee Chairperson and board member and ILGA Oceania as one of the two New Zealand representatives. Rāwā is the Principal Advisor, System Transformation for the Disability Directorate at the Ministry of Health – a cross-Government approach to reform the disability sector in New Zealand, also known as Enabling Good Lives.

Amanda Murdie
CPR Metrics Team
Amanda Murdie
Civil and Political Rights Metrics Team
United States

Amanda is a political scientist who is passionate about using research to help civil society actors work to improve human rights in repressive countries. She teaches classes on terrorism, war and human security, and international interventions at the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. She has published dozens of articles on her research and is the incoming editor-in-chief of International Studies Review. She is contributing to the design and development of HRMI’s Civil and Political Rights metrics. Amanda received her PhD from Emory University in 2009.

Brian Root
Adviser
Brian Root
Adviser
United States

Brian is the Senior Quantitative Analyst at Human Rights Watch. He is responsible for data analysis in Human Rights Watch reports as well as providing guidance on quantitative data collection and training on statistics and research methodology. Brian’s extensive experience with quantitative human rights data has been invaluable to the development of our civil and political rights pilot methodology. He has participated in HRMI’s co-design workshops and is helping to connect us to potential survey respondents. Brian received his PhD in International Development from Tulane University Law School.