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Our Team


Human Rights Connected draws upon the drive, expertise and creative energy of our team members and growing circle of independent international collaborators to fulfill our mission to make knowledge about strategic nonviolent action and human rights mechanisms more accessible to activists and human rights defenders. We also strive to foster a learning environment where our team and partners develop important skills while working toward our common vision. Join our team

Nicola Barrach-Yousefi
Founder and Executive Director

Based in Paris, France
Over a decade of experience working with and supporting movements and human rights defenders around the world designing and implementing field projects and programs including trainings, facilitation, curriculum design and translations. Senior Advisor for civic initiatives at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC). Founded Human Rights Connected (HRC) in 2011. Passionate about civil resistance theory and practice, human rights education and how new and old technology can be leveraged to advance human rights movements.

Matthew Parsons
Research & Operations Associate

Based in Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Directs research strategy and curation of practical resources for HRC’s human rights library. Manages operations and communications for our international team of collaborators. Aspiring human rights lawyer interested in racial justice, LGBTQ+ equity, and government transparency and accountability. Accreditation and Curriculum Coordinator at Civic Works’ Baltimore Center for Green Careers, which works to make Baltimore’s economy more equitable and sustainable. Joined the HRC team in 2013 as a Research & Operations Intern.

Sabrina Sanchez
Education & Communications Associate

Based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Leads educational initiatives and supports implementation of communications techniques to inform human rights and civil resistance education to human rights defenders. Conducts research on the gaps of human rights education instruction. Educator, leader, and social justice advocate motivated by the power of youth resilience; Masters in international and multicultural education with human rights emphasis. Substantive experience working with nonprofit organizations. Joined HRC in 2015 as a Research & Operations Intern.

Alannah Bonalos
Community Engagement Associate

Based in Sacremento, California, USA
Engages the HRC community and connects international human rights institutions with grassroots movements. Brand ambassador, increasing awareness of HRC’s mission and vision and encourages our community to utilize the resource library. Studied International Development Studies and Political Science at UCLA. Helps non-profits build capacity with lean programmatic strategy and successful development campaigns. An illustrator and designer with demonstrated interest in improving maternal health in underserved communities/conflict zones and protecting women's reproductive health rights.

Pouya Yousefi
Chief Technical Advisor

Based in Paris, France
Provides technical direction, support, and guidance for the HRC team. Currently serving the Analytics Center of Excellence in IQVIA as their Lead Data Science Developer, Pouya's 20+ year tech career has spanned working as a software developer, team lead, and principal consultant to more recently as a machine learning engineer. Passionate about natural language processing algorithms and repurposing them for behavioral pattern recognition.

Luke Chang
Web and Technical Intern

Based in Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Focuses on Web Design and User Experience. Currently pursuing a degree in Software Development and Security. Joined HRC in October 2017.

Courtney Baez
Research and Operations Intern

Based in Washington, D.C., USA
Senior at American University in Washington, D.C. Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in communications, legal institutions, economics, and government as well as a Master's degree in terrorism and homeland security policy. Originally from New Jersey. Enjoys hiking, taekwondo, and reading. Her favorite author is Nelson Demille.

Rosalie Candau
Research and Operations Intern

Based in Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Passionate about human rights, with a focus on women’s rights and human trafficking, having done research on these topics. Recently completed a Master of Law at Universidad de Alcalá in Madrid, Spain, writing a thesis on how violence against women constitutes a human rights violation. Volunteers with her city’s rape crisis center as a victim advocate and currently is an interpreter and translator for refugees and immigrants in Cleveland, Ohio.

Laura Schroeder
Social Media Correspondent

Based in Washington D.C., USA
Live tweets human rights and nonviolent resistance-related events for HRC. Finishing a graduate degree in international policy and development at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey with a focus on human rights and policy advocacy. Passionate about Latin America with work experience in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and Peru. Joined HRC in February 2017 as a Community Engagement Intern and continued as a Community Engagement Program Assistant and Podcast Producer.