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OUR TEAM

Human Rights Connected draws upon the drive, expertise and creative energy of its team members as well as a growing circle of 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 strive to foster a learning environment where our team and partners develop important skills while working toward our collective vision.

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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 training, 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

Sabrina is an experienced educator and program coordinator. She develops human rights education initiatives such as HRC’s Know Your Rights Action Guides. Since joining in 2015 as a research and operations intern, she’s launched the HRCBlog which she manages. Sabrina currently spearheads a rights-based legal empowerment program in Honduras to increase access to justice via grassroots organizing tools. Her prior experience at an anti-human and sex trafficking organization and youth-based cycling program has refined her passion for minority rights and youth activism. When she’s not taking a nap, Sabrina devotes her time to discovering new music on Bandcamp and exploring new terrain by foot or bike.

Alannah Bonalos

Community Engagement Associate

Based in Sacramento, California, USA

Alannah is a digital campaigner, designer and illustrator based in Sacramento, CA. She engages the HRC community and fosters a global community of practice surrounding the use of their resource library. Since joining HRC in February 2018, Alannah has refreshed the organization’s brand, social media content and co-developed WomxnRESIST, a weekly series that highlights untold stories of womxn-led resistance. Alannah previously worked as a baseball data analyst and spearheaded impactful campaigns for women’s health and reproductive rights. In her spare time, she enjoys painting and proudly belongs to the houses of Stark, Ravenpuff and Mogh.

Ilias Bartolini

Chief Technical Advisor

Based in Barcelona, Spain

Ilias is an experienced software engineer and technologist passionate about free & open source software, digital rights and mentoring.
Many years ago accidentally found themself in the middle of an Occupy movement square with a camera and started using it to capture pictures and amplify the voices of the movement.
Nowadays is supporting and advising the implementation of HRC’s tech initiatives and is not losing hope about rebuilding this website.
When not busy Ilias plays with interactive art and keeps searching how to put digital social innovation at the service of others.

Luke Chang

Web and Technology

Based in Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Provides web support and development for HRC. Aims to utilize web technologies to spread HRC’s mission throughout the digital world, to stimulate discussion and digital interaction, and to optimize user experience.

Rosalie Candau

Partnership Development Associate

Based in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Rosalie grows HRC’s network by connecting individual and organization partners to HRC. She develops relationships to facilitate collaborations with HRC’s different teams. In 2018, Rosalie joined HRC as a Research & Operations intern after completing a Master of Law in International Human Rights Protection in Spain. She co-developed Womxn-Resist at HRC, a series displaying the nonviolent resistance narratives of womxn from around the world. She currently works at her city’s Legal Aid to improve access to justice for individuals and volunteers at the domestic violence shelter as a hotline advocate.

Nnenna Mazi

Regional Associate – Africa

Based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

Nnenna is based in Nigeria, West Africa. She joined HRC as a Research and Operations intern in 2018. Prior to that, interned with the National Human Rights Commission and did her youth service at the Legal Aid Council, both in Nigeria. She has equal interest in human rights and public international law; and is passionate about causes geared towards helping the vulnerable. Nnenna’s current role involves building the organization’s network in Africa, and facilitating the development of a support platform for defenders. She is a foodie and also enjoys traveling and gardening.

Nora Tativan

Research and Operations Intern

Based in Sydney, Australia

Nora has recently joined the Research and Operations team as an intern and is based in Sydney, Australia. She has a Master of Human Rights from Curtin University in Western Australia, where she wrote a dissertation on the under-explored area of female-to-male cross-dressing as a survival tactic in patriarchal dominated societies. Nora has several years’ experience working in the Australian criminal justice system supporting vulnerable individuals. She has prior experience abroad at a women’s centre in North Wales, United Kingdom and interned for Equality California in Los Angeles focusing on securing LGBTQ civil rights. She currently volunteers at a Sydney based feminist organisation conducting research on women’s rights. Nora enjoys traveling and experiencing new cultures.

Denitsa Dimitrova

Education and Communications

Based in Arhaus, Denmark

Based in Aarhus, Denmark, Denitsa is currently a Master’s student of Journalism, Media, and Globalization. She is interested in constructive and analytical storytelling, political communication and cultural research. As an Education and communications intern at HRC, Denitsa is involved in maintaining the HRC blog and assisting with any education operations. Denitsa holds a degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. In her free time, she is now dipping her toes in podcast production aside from being an anime and fantasy fan and a nature enthusiast

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.

Pouya Yousefi

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.

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