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.

Mennah Abdelwahab
CPR Metrics Team
Mennah Abdelwahab
CPR Metrics Team
United States

Mennah is a third-year student at the University of Georgia pursuing bachelor’s degrees in international affairs and journalism and a minor in Arabic. Her passion for human rights was sparked during her freshman year when she began conducting human rights research under the supervision of Dr. K. Chad Clay. Mennah is particularly interested in human rights issues in the Middle East as both her parents are from Egypt. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a human rights-focused career that combines her research, policy, and legal experience.

Stephen Bagwell
ESR Metrics 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 / Vision and Strategy 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.

Eduardo Monteiro Burkle
Editor and Research Analyst
Eduardo Monteiro Burkle
Editor and Research Analyst
Brazil

Eduardo is a lawyer and human rights activist from Brazil. He recently completed his Master's degree in Human Rights in Democratization, focusing his research in the Transitional Justice experience in Brazil.

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.

Anna Churton
Development Lead
Anna Churton
New Zealand

Anna is passionate about issues of social justice and equity and, in particular, exploring the nexus between the international human rights framework and sustainable development. Anna has an LLB and BA in French and International Relations from Victoria University of Wellington, and a Masters in Sustainable Development from Université Grenoble Alpes, with a focus on a human rights-based approach to development.  Anna has combined her legal expertise with her passion for human rights, engaging with stakeholders across the public, private and non-profit sectors in Aotearoa and overseas, focusing on women’s rights and Indigenous rights in particular. This has included working with the New Zealand Mission to the United Nations in New York, the Danish Institute of Human Rights and, most recently, MSI Reproductive Choices.

K. Chad Clay
Co-founder
K. Chad Clay
Co-founder / Methodology Research and Design 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.

Tori Hawley
Strategy and Communications
Tori Hawley
Strategy and Communications Officer
Wales

Tori is a Canadian student currently based in the UK. She recently completed a BA in International Relations from Western University and is now studying an LLB Law with Criminology degree at the University of Liverpool. Tori’s research interests center around international criminal law and rights regarding safety from the state.

Elizabeth Kaletski
Children's Rights
Elizabeth Kaletski
Research Fellow
United States

Liz is an Associate Professor of Economics at Ithaca College. Her expertise is at the intersection of applied labor and development economics. This has led both her teaching and research to cover a wide range of topics including economic and social rights, children's rights, inequality, and gender economics. Prior to joining the faulty at Ithaca College, she received her PhD for the University of Connecticut in 2014.

Thalia Kehoe Rowden
Strategy and Communication
Thalia Kehoe Rowden
Strategy and Communication 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.

Maple Maloney
Internships and Administration
Maple Maloney
Internships and Administration
United States

Maple is a current undergraduate student studying Psychology and Legal Studies at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, United States. She spends time working at a restaurant and volunteering at the Abolitionist Law Center in downtown Pittsburgh. She is hoping to study International Criminal Law.

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.

Asia Parker
CPR Metrics Team
Asia Parker
CPR Metrics Team
United States

Asia is a PhD student in International Affairs with a focus on human rights. She is interested in how underrepresented groups– particularly women, strive for equality and the ways foreign assistance can support their endeavors. Her research agenda examines human security, foreign intervention, sexual violence, and feminist studies in IR with regional focuses on the Middle East and Pacific.

Aditi Patil
India and South Asia Coordinator
Aditi Patil
India

Aditi is a lawyer with a keen interest in international human rights, advocacy and global governance. She is passionate about systemic reforms and bridging the knowledge gaps in policy formulation between international, national and grassroots levels. Having worked with the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, she is experienced in engaging with UN human rights mechanisms, building advocacy partnerships and developing research reports on human rights compliance of Commonwealth countries. She holds an LLB (five-year integrated degree) from the Indian Law Society's (ILS) Law College, India and an LLM with an international law specialism from the University of Cambridge.

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

Matthew is dedicated to using research for advancing and improving human rights conditions globally, through the creation of data and empowerment of human rights advocates. He is a political scientist who has spent years with human rights measurement projects, including multiple years as a member of HRMI’s CPR team. His research agenda focuses on discrimination and oppression against marginalized people, political violence/civil conflict, and tackling difficult measurement problems in political science. Matthew is a Ph.D candidate at the University of Georgia and has taught classes on International Organization and Modern Warfare.

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
Partnerships
Pratibha Singh
Partnerships
New Zealand

An England-born Kiwi Indian, Pratibha has travelled, studied, and worked across 5 continents. Having recently completed a Bachelor of Global Studies majoring in Global Environment and Sustainable Development, she is passionate about global citizenship, decolonisation, and sustainability. 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.

Allyssa Verner-Pula
Research Assistant
Allyssa Verner-Pula
Research Assistant
New Zealand

Allyssa Verner-Pula is a young Samoan woman from Manurewa, South Auckland. An emerging academic, writer and creative, she is currently in her final year of a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Auckland, double majoring in Drama and Pacific Studies. She is passionate about engaging with and empowering Pacific communities, with a particular focus on Pacific Rainbow+ communities.

K. Anne Watson
Research Fellow
K. Anne Watson
Research Fellow, Women’s and Children’s Rights
United States

Annie is passionate about human rights education, collecting data that can be used to hold governments accountable for abuses, and communicating research to broad audiences so that it can be used to press for progress. She is a political scientist with more than six years of experience measuring human rights experiences. Her research focuses primarily on the incorporation of international human rights law in domestic policies, particularly for women’s rights and economic rights. Annie received her PhD from the University of Georgia in 2020 and currently teaches classes in human rights and quantitative methods for the University of Florida.

 

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.

Fa’aalu Leva’a Faletoese Iuli
American Samoa
Fa’aalu Leva’a Faletoese Iuli
American Samoa

Fa’aalu Leva’a Faletoese Iuli is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Integrated Commitment to Action and Nurturing ( I.C.A.N) Window of Hope and the former co-founder and Executive Director of the American Samoa Alliance against Domestic and Sexual Violence (ASADSV). Her work in violence prevention began in Sydney Australia over 35 years ago in the early 80's in the areas of; youth work, women’s shelter advocacy, child protection, mental health, drug and substance abuse. She trained and was certified as a Multicultural Child Protection Specialist with the Department of Community Services in Sydney Australia where she spent many years in local government and community support within the Pacific Island community. Fa’aalu’s resolve to building and strengthening community capacity to create safe spaces is critical in addressing the root causes of violence. In her current role, Fa’aalu remains deeply committed to accessible and lasting connections in order to dismantle silos that prevent coordinated community responses in the Territory and Samoan communities on and off island. Simply put and in her own words “My life is my work and as long as I breath, I work.”

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-Armenian independent researcher and consultant on policy and human rights. She has experience in working with the right to housing, access to justice, community empowerment, and child rights. She holds a bachelor in law from Londrina State University and a Masters in Transitional Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.

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.

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.

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.

Sharon Wangechi Muriuki
Kenya
Sharon Wangechi Muriuki
Kenya

Sharon is a lawyer. She is interested in advancing agricultural governance, food safety, land rights and indigenous people’s rights in Kenya. She hopes to reinforce her human rights litigation skills and on agro-economic access to and for minority communities in Kenya.

Aida Baijumanova
Kyrgyzstan
Aida Baijumanova
Kyrgyzstan

Aida Baijumanova has been working in the field of human rights since 2004. From 2007 she has been involved in cases on protection of the rights of vulnerable groups, and since 2010 in the protection of the rights of victims of the interethnic conflict in the South of the Kyrgyz Republic and the rights of human rights defenders. Since 2018, she is the coordinator of the project "Protection of the rights of torture and ill-treatment", implemented with the support of the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture.  She is currently the executive director of "Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan".

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.

Vehia Wheeler
Mā'ohi Nui | French Polynesia
Vehia Wheeler
Mā'ohi Nui | 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.

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.

Hartini Zainudin
Malaysia
Hartini Zainudin
Malaysia

Hartini Zainudin is a children's rights activist in Malaysia who is currently a consultant for a local humanitarian organisation. She co-founded Yayasan Chow Kit, a Malaysian NGO addressing children's rights and protection through the provision of services in Kuala Lumpur. As South-East Asia's focal person for a UN organisation, she has also worked closely with UNHCR and UNICEF Malaysia. Hartini was a member of the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development's National Advisory Council on the Welfare and Protection of Children and has trained the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency on issues of child trafficking.

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 a human rights lawyer and researcher based in Mexico. He has extensive experience in human rights issues in Mexico and Central America, especially in matters related to torture, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions. Carlos previously worked as a researcher at Amnesty International, and 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.

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.

Ben Lomai
Nauru
Ben Lomai
Nauru

Ben has worked as a litigation lawyer for 27 years since his admission to the Papua New Guinea Bar. He’s also admitted to the Victorian Bar in Melbourne. Ben operates a law firm under Lomai & Lomai Attorneys for over 20 years now. He has assisted over 1,000 asylum seekers and refugees under the Australian Offshore Program.

Yolene Koteureu
New Caledonia
Yolene Koteureu
New Caledonia

Originally from Isle of Pines, Yolene has experience in the fields of human rights, social inclusion, education and development, working primarily in New Caledonia. She has experienced international organisations such as the United Nations Women doing research on ressource mobilisation and on official development assistance (ODA) policies of UN Member States for allocations and priorities related to gender equality and women’s empowerment. In 2020, when working at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, her missions had a focus on the capacity-building programs of indigenous peoples representatives on human rights mechanisms in international forums. As of today, as a resource person, she advises and speaks on behalf of the customary council of Djubea Kapume, especially in her various initiatives to international foras on matters of indigenous peoples rights and climate change, youth rights, women’s rights and empowerment. Yolene holds Masters of international studies and sociology from La Sorbonne Nouvelle and the Colin Powell School. She strongly advocates that education is an essential avenue to change attitudes and behaviour into building a culture of global human rights and social citizenship.

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.

Yanamlyn Yana
Papua New Guinea
Yanamlyn Yana
Papua New Guinea

Yanamlyn is the founder of the Ätitäi Initiative that helps equipping rural schools with proper resources for quality, effective, and smart learning. She is also the Campaign Coordinator for Senisim Pasin, an initiative of Papua New Guinea Tribal Foundation that addresses the issues of GBV and SABV (Sorcery Accusation Based Violence) in PNG though advocacy work. Yanamlyn is passionate about advocating for equal education and employment opportunities, as well as raising awareness of violence against women and children.

Diane Kambanei
Papua New Guinea
Diane Kambanei
Papua New Guinea

Diane is an advocate for women’s rights and adolescent sexual reproductive health in Papua New Guinea. She sits on the National Capital District Provincial Health Authority Clinical Governance Committee. She's the former host of the TV program PNG EXTRA that focused on stories that empower women and youth in PNG. Diane is a Chevening Scholar and has a Masters degree in Global Health specialising in sexual reproductive health from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. She is the current Senior Program Manager-Electrification Partnerships at Oil Search Foundation.

Ronna Lee
Samoa
Ronna Lee
Samoa

Ronna Lee is currently the Student Welfare Officer at The University of the South Pacific, Samoa Campus and a part time teacher for the Media & Journalism School at The National University of Samoa.  She is a proud Samoan with Chinese heritage.  Her eclectic work experience includes years of teaching, new presenting, co-hosting of national & regional events, guest-curator at the National Museum of Samoa and a passionate advocate for the rights of marginalized groups to quality education.  She inspired this poem by  Faamuina Felolini Maria Tafuna’i:

Oh whirlwind of chaotic beauty

Flowing hair and expert mascara

Telling dog tales, student ails, hilarious fails

With eyes that dance, laughter that binds

Hero of the day, queen of the night

Sharpening iron with her iron

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.

Hwanhee Lee
South Korea
Hwanhee Lee
South Korea

Hwanhee Lee is an attorney at law at Dongcheon Foundation, a public interest law foundation. Right after college, she joined Ernest & Young, a global business consulting firm and worked as a senior consultant for 5 years before attending law school where she studied law to become a full-time Pro Bono lawyer. With focus on legal advocacy and policy reform for refugees and migrants, her current interests include universal birth registration, non-discrimination against foreigners and women, the workers’ rights, as well as domestic interpretation and implementation of international human rights treaties. Hwanhee received B.A. in Political Science & Diplomacy in 2010, Juris Doctor in 2020, and was admitted into the Korea Bar Association in 2021.

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.

Yibee Huang
Taiwan
Yibee Huang
Taiwan

Yibee is the Chief Executive Officer of the Covenants Watch, a coalition comprising human rights groups and organizations of persons with disabilities based in Taipei, Taiwan. She has a PhD degree from the National Yang Ming University on human rights indicator development. Yibee has extensive experience in the “Taiwan model” of reviews of state party reports on human rights covenants (ICCPR and ICESCR) and conventions (CRPD, CEDAW and CRC). Together with other civil society groups, they draft quality parallel reports to supplement the state reports on human rights. Yibee is also one of the few Taiwanese that have had the experiences with UN human rights mechanisms, by filing urgent appeals and submitting reports. Apart from advocacy activities, Yibee’s research interests include the development of human rights indicators and impact assessment, as well as application of human rights treaties in domestic courts.

‘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.

Dr. Vickie Casanova-Willis
United States
Dr. Vickie Casanova-Willis
United States

Dr. Vickie Casanova-Willis, MBA, MAT, PhD  is Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network (USHRN), a national network of over 300 organizations and hundreds of individuals working since 2003 to build a people-centered human rights culture in the United States. She is a past President of the National Conference of Black Lawyers (NCBL), founding member of the US Human Rights Cities Alliance, and a co-founder of the new US Human Rights Network Foundation. Dr. Vickie has spent decades engaging with underserved youth and families across ethnicities and nationalities through interdisciplinary education and cultural work to dismantle structural racism. She co-organized the 2016 Midwest US visits of the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent and the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; co-authored several stakeholders’ reports and articles; and has provided + facilitated testimony to the Organization of American States-InterAmerican Commission (OAS-IACHR), Universal Periodic Review (UPR), Committee Against Torture (CAT), International Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), and the Human Rights Council (HRC) regarding human rights violations and solutions devised by directly impacted peoples.

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.  

Trinh Huu Long
Vietnam
Trinh Huu Long
Vietnam

Trinh Huu Long is the Co-Director of Legal Initiatives for Vietnam (liv.ngo) that aims to promote human rights, democracy, and the rule of law in Vietnam through independent journalism, research, and civic education. LIV's two main projects are Luat Khoa Magazine (luatkhoa.org) and The Vietnamese Magazine (thevietnamese.org). Long is based in Taipei, Taiwan as the head of LIV's Representative Office and Editor-in-Chief of Luat Khoa Magazine. He has studied law and Asia-Pacific studies, and has published intensively on legal and political matters of Vietnam concerning free speech, criminal justice, and constitutionalism.

Situations Vacant
We have vacancies for the Ambassadors for the United States, the United Kingdom, Palau, Wallis and Futuna, and Tokelau. Could you be a HRMI Ambassador for one of these countries? Please apply for this role by sending your CV to Catherine at catherine.chong at motu.org.nz.

 

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:

Mariana Dian Agoston
Internships
Mariana Dian Agoston
Brazil

Mariana is a Brazilian senior student at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, Brazil, pursuing her Bachelor’s in International Relations. Her experiences, especially in the public sector, allowed her to identify a career path within human rights in Latin America.

Shaan Badenhorst
ESR Metrics Team
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
Outreach
Juliana Gil Borenstein
Outreach
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.

Caterina Cedolini
Partnerships
Caterina Cedolini
Italy

Caterina is Russian and Italian. She plans to use her LLB for the purposes of development and social policy work in the future. Her dream is to work for an international organisation or NGO, ideally outside of Europe after she finishes her masters at the London School of Economics.

Roshni Saleem Chagan
Editorial
Roshni Saleem Chagan
United States

Roshni is a fourth year student at the University of Georgia studying International Affairs and is pursuing an MPH this fall at Columbia University. Her work at Columbia will focus on the intersections of health policy and migration policy.

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.

Lisette Donewald
Editorial
Lisette Donewald
United States

Lisette was born in the United States and lives in Connecticut. She is entering her fourth and final year at the University of Connecticut where she is majoring in Political Science, History and Human Rights and minoring in German. After graduating, she plans on attending law school and working as a lawyer.

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
Proofreader
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.

Zemfira Gogueva
Outreach
Zemfira Gogueva
Russia

Zemfira is currently doing an MA in Human Rights and Democratization in the Caucasus, in Yerevan (Armenia), and is looking forward to her second semester in Tbilisi (Georgia). In the future Zemfira hopes to pursue a career in human rights fields and work in a nonprofit organization that helps to ensure rights to education.

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.

Julia de Cresci Oliveira Matsuda
Internships
Julia de Cresci Oliveira Matsuda
Brazil

Julia is a human rights activist and a law student in the State University of Londrina, where she heads the campus' mock trial team. Her main field of study is International Law, and she hopes to pursue a career as an international civil servant.

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.

Beatriz Fagionato Oliveira
Outreach
Beatriz Fagionato Oliveira
Outreach
Brazil

Beatriz is a Law student and human rights activist in Brazil. She participates in research groups and enthusiasts over International Law and Human Rights competitions. Her central research is about Democracy in Latin America and she hopes to pursue a career in this field.

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.

Pablo Santos-Pineda
Research
Pablo Santos-Pineda
Research
United States

Pablo is an avid research analyst who enjoys learning new languages and cultures. His special focus is understanding indigenous approaches to politics and economics for the purpose of advancing human, economic and cultural rights.

Begümhan İdikut Şimşir
Outreach
Begümhan İdikut Şimşir
Turkey

Begüm is a final year law student at Turkish German University in Istanbul, Turkey. She is a frequent mooter, Pictetist and a member of the Themis Court Simulations’ Academic Team. Her main research areas are international public law, the law of armed conflict and human rights. She is currently working as a young researcher at UNESCO's Youth as Researchers Project.

Neeharika Sistu
Internships
Neeharika Sistu
Internships
United States

Neha is a sophomore at the University of Connecticut double majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology and Global Health. After graduating, she hopes to obtain an MD/MPH and work in global health. She is interested in the fields of global health, public policy, and reproductive rights.

Vibhaa Sreedharan
Outreach
Vibhaa Sreedharan
Outreach
India

Vibhaa is in her 4th year of Law School at SASTRA Deemed University. She is passionate about human rights and is looking forward to doing her part in helping people understand their rights and ensuring the same is provided to them.

 

Interns

Students are able to intern with HRMI remotely, from all over the world. Meet some of our very impressive current interns here:

Stephanie Montesino
United States
Stephanie Montesino
United States

Stephanie Montesino has just graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A in Administration of Justice and Legal studies with a minor in political science. She is currently taking a gap year and plans on applying to law schools this upcoming fall. She has always been interested in human rights as her my parents/ grandparents came to the U.S. from Cuba in the 1960’s so they could have basic rights.

Sydney Sanders
United States
Sydney Sanders
United States

Sydney is a third year undergraduate student at the University of Georgia in the United States, majoring in International Affairs with a minor in social work and certificate in nonprofit management and leadership. She is currently part of the GLOBIS Human Rights Research Lab at UGA where she was introduced to HRMI and works with Dr. K Chad Clay, a co-founder of HRMI. After graduation, she hopes to be employed with a global nonprofit that works to improve human rights.

Afek Shamir
Unied Kingdom and Cyprus
Afek Shamir
Unied Kingdom and Cyprus

Afek is a second-year undergraduate student at UCL, studying politics and international relations. With previous experience in journals, think-tanks, and NGOs, Afek wishes to advance into a future in international law and international affairs. Born in Israel and raised in Cyprus, he shares a vehement passion for understanding war and conflict, political violence, as well as social movements.

Teá Flynn
United States
Teá Flynn
United States

Teá is a sophomore undergraduate student attending the University of Pittsburgh in the United States, pursuing a major in legal studies, with a minor in Spanish. After graduation she plans to attend law school to further her education and pursue a career as an attorney involved with immigration and citizenship.

Christine Juma
Kenya
Christine Juma
Kenya

Christine lives in Nairobi, Kenya and has recently finished her undergraduate degree in law. She enjoys learning and researching on Human Rights.

Zohra Khatoon
Pakistan
Zohra Khatoon
Pakistan

Zohra has studied a Bachelor of Social sciences in Government and Public Policy. Her major interests include working on human rights, specifically gender inequalities and intersectional feminism.

Bruno Kneip Kratz
Brazil
Bruno Kneip Kratz
Brazil

Bruno is a Brazilian Law and International Relations, interested in Digital Human Rights and International Human Rights Law. He is also the alumni of the Law School of the University of Coimbra, Portugal and UPAEP, Mexico.

Charity Njeri Muturi
Kenya
Charity Njeri Muturi
Kenya

Charity is a lawyer by profession.

Brittney Parker
United States
Brittney Parker
United States

Brittney is a Political Science student in the United States. She is passionate about women's equality and the LGBTQ+ communities.

Anarga Peiris
Sri Lanka/ India
Anarga Peiris
Sri Lanka/ India

Anarga is a Sri Lankan, currently based in New Delhi, India with the rest of his family. He just completed his Bachelor of Laws programme from Exeter University Law School, and is hoping to commence his LLM(International law & Human Rights) this coming September.

Jordan Quiñones-Marrero
United States
Jordan Quiñones-Marrero
United States

Jordan is a Political Science and Economics student at the University of Florida. He is interested in human rights, particularly those of marginalized groups in Latin America. In the future, he aspires to do research in democratization and economic development and their relation to human rights in the region and globally.

Bodhi Ramteke
India
Bodhi Ramteke
India

Bodhi Ramteke has just graduated from Indian Law Society's Law College, Pune with a B.A LL.B (5 Years Integrated Law Course). He is the founder of PATH Foundation - an organization helping Indigenous people and other oppressed class in getting Access to Judicial and Quasi Judicial Institutions. His major interest includes working and researching on human rights, specifically Dalit and Tribal issues.

Kameron Roberts
United States
Kameron Roberts
United States

Kameron is a senior at the University of Connecticut. He is an Economics major minoring in Public Policy and Data Analytics. He enjoys analyzing policy and reading about economic theory.

Rebekah Rodrigues
Canada
Rebekah Rodrigues
Canada

Rebekah Rodrigues is a third year student studying International Relations at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. An aspiring lawyer, her passions include international law, post-colonial theory and human rights advocacy.

Cam Stockdale
New Zealand
Cam Stockdale
New Zealand

Cam is a Criminology and International Relations student at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He is passionate about human rights and is particularly interested in how human rights are affected during times of conflict and war. Cam is planning to pursue a Masters in International Security in 2022.

Benjamin Stubbing
New Zealand
Benjamin Stubbing
New Zealand

Ben is a Philosophy, Politics & Economics student at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. He is passionate about using data to improve welfare around the world and is especially interested in human rights, development economics, and democratic elections.

 

Former interns and research analysts

Chiara Anfuso
Outreach
Chiara Anfuso
Italy

Chiara is from Italy and is in her final academic year of a first university degree in International Relations and Organizations (BSc) at the Leiden University. Chiara's main areas of interest are human rights, issues of peace and security and crisis management.

Valéria Emília de Aquino
Brazil
Valéria Emília de Aquino
Brazil

Valéria is a brazilian lawyer and Human Rights PhD student at Federal University of Goiás. She has already worked as a law professor at Unipac and as a visiting fellow at the Mercosur Institute of Public Policies on Human Rights. She is passionate about Public International Law and Human Rights, and has several papers and book chapters published.

Eva Beggiato
Outreach
Eva Beggiato
Italy

Eva holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Trento, Italy and a Master’s degree in Human Rights from the UCD College in Dublin. She is Italian but currently works for an NGO in Malta. She is a volunteer for Amnesty International (Dublin) and World Beyond War Irish Chapter. She also speaks Italian, English and French.

Caroline Vital Boghossian
Brazil
Caroline Vital Boghossian
Brazil

Caroline earned her LLB at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in 2020. She is interested in the widely broad and beautifully complex field of International Law. Over the past years, she got in touch with experiences that widened her path in a career committed to advocate and promote Human Rights and Justice in the international community as she wants, wholeheartedly, to make a positive change in the world.

Weston Lee Brown
United States
Weston Lee Brown
United States

Weston is an undergraduate, full-ride student at Centre College, in Danville, KY, USA. He is currently studying history and philosophy, and wants to go into Constitutional Law.

Roi Burnett
Research Assistant
Roi Burnett
Research Assistant

Roi is of I-Kiribati and European descent. She is passionate about development and human rights issues in the Pacific region. After completing a BA (Hons) in Geography and Politics at the University of Otago, Roi spent two years volunteering with local NGO's in Tarawa, Kiribati. Influenced by her time volunteering she is now completing a Master's of Development Studies at the University of Auckland, looking into grassroots organisations as drivers of change in Kiribati. She is a strong advocate for centring indigenous Pacific women voices in development.

Ariel Capers
United States
Ariel Capers
United States

Ariel Capers is a junior student at the University of South Carolina Aiken studying political science and criminology. At USC Aiken, Ariel is currently one of the head captains of their Mock Trial team. After she graduates, Ariel plans on going to Law school to accomplish her dream of becoming a criminal attorney.

Neha Theresa Concisom
New Zealand
Neha Theresa Concisom
New Zealand

Neha is a graduate from the University of Auckland, having recently completed a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Politics and International Relations. Having worked for one of New Zealand's largest NGO's St John, Neha is passionate about working with organisations with a core mission of service. She is interested in the fields of human rights, community development and public policy.

Carolina Faggion
Germany
Carolina Faggion
Germany

Hannah Finestone
United States
Hannah Finestone
United States

Hannah is a student at the University of Pittsburgh in the United States. Her area of concentration is legal studies and she hopes to attend law school in the coming year.

Léah Guyot
United States
Léah Guyot
United States

Leah Guyot is an graduate candidate in International Affairs at The New School whose work focuses on conflict and humanitarianism. She is an international student from France currently based in the New York City area. Leah has recently worked on projects with IANSA, UNHCR, and the Stimson Center. Her other interests include language learning and literature.

Miraf Kefelegne Habtegabriel
Ethiopia
Miraf Kefelegne Habtegabriel
Ethiopia

Miraf is from Ethiopia and is currently completing an LLM in International Human Rights Law at the University of Essex. She has five years of working in different capacities in the humanitarian sector. She is passionate about women’s rights, and hopes to one day see a world where women no longer face discrimination.

Evan Prescott Jenkins
United States
Evan Prescott Jenkins
United States

Evan is a Senior Political Science student at the University of South Carolina Aiken. He is involved with many leadership roles across campus, and serves as a student coordinator of leadership programs at his university. After he graduates in May, Evan hopes to attend Graduate School for Public Administration with a focus on Non-Profit Management.

Anukriti Kunwar
India
Anukriti Kunwar
India

Anukriti is from Nepal, and is currently a Junior at Centre College, Kentucky, majoring in International Studies and minoring in Gender Studies. Her academic interests lie in studying and actively involving herself with organisations working on socio-political issues that disproportionately impact women, feminist theories, race studies, and impacts of Savarna Brahmanical patriarchy.

Matheus Marques
Brazil
Matheus Marques
Brazil

Matheus is a Law student at Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil, with academic exchanges in Brazilian, Chinese and Russian universities. He has been involved in human rights research and guiding youth projects from NGOs to the UN system, which have inspired him to pursue a career in global affairs.

Abigail Marshall
New Zealand
Abigail Marshall
New Zealand

Thayane Pacheco Massopust
Brazil
Thayane Pacheco Massopust
Brazil

Thayane is undergoing her final semester of the International Relations bachelor degree and aims to use her studies to amplify the voices of women from the Global South. She currently uses Feminist International Relations theory to research the situation of migrant domestic workers. She is an activist for gender equality in the Brazilian NGO Engajamundo, a researcher in the Feminist Observatory of International Relations (OFRI) and a truly passionate and collaborative person.

Eric Mills
Mexico
Eric Mills
Mexico

Eric Mills is working toward a Master in Science in International Affairs, with a concentration in economics. He is passionate about human development and human rights in general.

Priya Mistri
United States
Priya Mistri
United States

Priya is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Connecticut, studying Human Rights & Psychology. Within the realm of human rights, she has a particular interest in violence against women, and women and child rights. She hopes to work in a human rights field bettering lives of children and families.

Robert Morgan
Ireland
Robert Morgan
Ireland

Robert is an LL.M. Human Rights Law student at Queen's University Belfast and an LL.B graduate of Trinity College Dublin. Robert received a scholarship for his master studies and is currently involved with LawPod, a podcast by the School of Law at Queen's. He is interested in European human rights law, international criminal justice, and the relationship between human rights advocacy and the effectiveness of international institutions.

Shalizeh Murtaza
Zambia
Shalizeh Murtaza
Zambia

Shalizeh is a law student at the University of Exeter. She is originally from Pakistan, but currently lives in Zambia. Shalizeh is passionate about pursuing a career in Human Rights in the future, focusing specifically on women's rights.

Katherine Claire Nipper
United States
Katherine Claire Nipper
United States

Katie Nipper is a Junior at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky double majoring in Politics and International Studies. She works for a local law firm in small town Kentucky but has dreams of working in international law. She loves meeting new people and learning from them and their experiences.

Vincent Nolette
United States
Vincent Nolette
United States

Olivia Pavuk
Outreach
Olivia Pavuk
United States

Olivia is an undergraduate student at the University of Connecticut, studying human rights and psychology. Olivia hopes to pursue a career in the human rights field after graduation, specifically in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility.

Molly Richardson
United States
Molly Richardson
United States

Molly is a third-year student at the University of Georgia pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and International Affairs and a minor in Spanish. She became passionate about human rights when she first took a human rights course in her second year of university studies, then going on to participate in human rights research through the Human Rights Research Lab housed in the Center for the Study of Global Issues at the University of Georgia, under the advisory of Dr. K. Chad Clay. Molly is particularly passionate about economic rights and the importance of economic and legal empowerment for the purpose of creating sustainable change.

Gant Roberson
United States
Gant Roberson
United States

Gant is an undergraduate student at the University of Oklahoma, studying International Studies, Spanish, and History. He is deeply passionate about the global pursuit of social justice and equitable development, and hopes to pursue a career in international human rights advocacy in Latin America.

Davis Matthew Rothe-Chelich
Canada
Davis Matthew Rothe-Chelich
Canada

Matthew is a current second-year student at the University of Western Ontario studying international relations. He is excited to be working at HRMI.

Nikita Singh
India
Nikita Singh
India

Hailing from the beautiful State of Goa, India, Nikita Singh is a lawyer with a keen interest in the concept of intersectionality under the scanner of human rights law. She strives to build her career working towards the legal representation of the victims of human rights violations. In her spare time, she likes to read, travel and unwind by the sea.

Heeyoung Son
United States
Heeyoung Son
United States

Heeyoung is currently a senior majoring in International Affairs at the University of Georgia. She was born and raised in South Korea, but she moved to the United States about 7 years ago. Ever since she moved to the U.S., she got interested in minority rights and women's rights. Thus, she joined the Human Rights Lab led by Dr. Clay. She is now working on the COVID-19 journal to see how COVID-19 has impacted human rights within the country.

Natalie Speier
United States
Natalie Speier
United States

Bright Thulani Chimedza
Zimbabwe
Bright Thulani Chimedza
Zimbabwe

Bright is a dedicated HRD and humanitarian worker with an unquenchable thirst of supporting and advancing the welfare and human rights of citizens across all levels of the society.

Joshua Waxman
United States
Joshua Waxman
United States

Josh is a junior Economics and Human Rights major at the University of Connecticut. After finishing his undergrad degree, he wants to use his educational experience to fight against systematic injustices across the globe.

Dom White
New Zealand
Dom White
New Zealand

Christie Wilson
The Netherlands
Christie Wilson
The Netherlands

Christie is currently in the process of completing the LLM program at the University of Cambridge, and is looking to specialise in international law. Prior to this, she completed the Bachelor of Arts/Law degree at the University of Sydney.

Praveen Kumar Yadav
Nepal
Praveen Kumar Yadav
Nepal

Praveen is an activist and researcher managing human rights programmes, trainings, researches and capacity building activities.  He is actively involved in monitoring and documenting human rights violations, reporting to relevant mechanisms, and advocating for laws and policies changes wherever and whenever required.