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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.


Nicola Barrach-Yousefi, Founder and Executive Director

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.

Currently based in Paris, France


Matthew Parsons, Research & Operations Associate

Directs research strategy and curation of hundreds of practical resources for HRC’s human rights library. Manages operations and communications for our international team of collaborators.

Aspiring human rights movement lawyer interested in racial justice, LGBTQ+ equity, and government transparency and accountability. Energized by local organizers who work to advance human rights in Charm City. Joined the HRC team in 2013 as a Research & Operations Intern.

Currently based in Baltimore, Maryland, USA


Sabrina Sanchez, Education & Communications Associate

Leads educational initiatives and employs creative communications techniques to inform human rights and civil resistance education to youth. 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 substantive experience working with nonprofit organizations. Joined HRC in 2015 as a Research & Operations Intern.

Currently based in Denver, Colorado, USA


Laura Schroeder, Podcast Producer

Creates podcasts about social movement building tactics and nonviolent resistance for HRC.

Pursuing 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.

Currently based in Monterey, California, USA


Pouya Yousefi, Chief Techinal Advisor

With humble beginnings as a technician at CompUSA during freshman year of college, Pouya's 20+ year career has spanned working as a software developer, team lead, and principal consultant to more recently as a machine learning engineer. As a ML engineer, Pouya's focus has been on natural language processing algorithms and repurposing them for behavioral pattern recognition. Currently the Lead Data Science Developer for the Analytics Center of Excellence at IQVIA.

Currently based in Paris, France