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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 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

Providing support and guiding the implementation of HRC tech initiatives. Software engineer and technologist passionate about free & open source software, digital rights, coaching, and direct action. Currently serving as lead consultant at ThoughtWorks building digital products and digital transformation initiatives internationally. Always looking at 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

Program Assistant

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. Currently works at her city's Legal Aid Society to improve access to justice for low-income and vulnerable individuals and volunteers with her city’s domestic violence shelter as a hotline advocate.

Nnenna Mazi

Research and Operations

Based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

Passionate about pro bono legal assistance for the vulnerable. Interested in human rights and public international law. Degree in Law from Madonna University, Okija and Masters degree in International Law from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Previous experiences include a year's service at the Legal Aid Council and a legal internship at the National Human Rights Commission, Nigeria. Enjoys travelling, gardening and trying out new cuisine.

Divya Korada

Research and Operations Intern

Based in Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Senior at Johns Hopkins University majoring in International Studies and Political Science and minoring in Islamic Studies. Interested in food justice, migration, and community organizing. Involved in urban agriculture and sex workers’ rights in Baltimore

Kyra Tessmann

Education & Communications Intern

Based in Indiana, USA

I am a junior English Major (Spanish Minor) at Valparaiso University in Indiana, USA. I work as a writing consultant at my university, and I enjoy using my writing skills and knowledge to spread information and help others learn how to communicate more effectively. I studied abroad in Costa Rica from January to May of 2018, and I interned there at a non-profit organization called Fundación Mujer. I found HRC by using the library as a resource for my research at Fundación Mujer, and I am thrilled to now be a part of HRC as an Education and Communications intern.

Nora Tavitian

Research and Operations

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 travelling and experiencing new cultures.

Denitsa Dimitrova

Education and Communications

Based in Aarhus, 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.

Danielle London

Social Media and Outreach

Based in New York, New York, USA

Danielle is currently pursuing her Master’s of Social Work in public policy at Columbia University. Although currently located in New York City, she will always be a Kansan. Her internship focuses on growing community engagement through innovative uses of Instagram and other social media. She has won several awards for her community activism and research on illegal Israeli settlements in Palestine. Her favorite color is yellow because it reminds her of sunshine and happiness!

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.

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.