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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

2011 Advocate Elvis Mbembe Binda is the president and a founding member of Initiatives for Peace and Human Rights, which helps communities and individuals in Africa’s Great Lakes Region live in peaceful coexistence. Through Avocats Sans Frontieres-Belgium, Elvis has assisted many minors and vulnerable persons before the courts in Rwanda. He has also worked as deputy coordinator at Forum d’Echanges pour la Cohesion Sociale and as a human rights officer with Central Africa Youth Network, where he taught the youth of Rwanda, Burundi, and eastern DRC about human rights.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

2014 Human Rights Advocate Liang Xiaojun was interviewed by China Change for a new series called “How I became a human rights lawyer." Read the full interview and watch the video here.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

2017 Advocate Michael Miiro participated in a video series organized by The Constellation called "Behind the Mask." On the interview, he shares how his daily life and routine has been impacted by COVID-19, and how he is adapting to this new situation. Watch the interview here:

Geoffrey Mayamba
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

2013 Advocate Geoffrey Mayamba is in a unique position to know the challenges faced by those who are or have been incarcerated in Zambia. At the age of 17, Geoffrey was arrested for his role as a lookout during a robbery. He served 10 years in prison. While serving his sentence, Geoffrey studied project planning and monitoring & evaluation. After an early release for good behavior, Geoffrey secured a position with a PEPFAR-funded project on HIV/AIDS. The project included research visits to prisons in Zambia–including the one where Geoffrey had served his sentence.

Mary Akrami
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

2009 Advocate Mary Akrami is the executive director of Afghan Women Network, an organization dedicated to the advancement of women’s engagement in peacebuilding in Afghanistan. Mary initiated the use of community-based peace councils throughout Afghanistan to allow women to engage in conflict resolution at the local level. She is also the founder and former executive director of the Afghan Women Skills Development Center, an organization focused on the rights of women affected by violence. She established the first shelter for women at risk of violence in 2003.

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