Our Advocates

Between 1989 and 2023, more than 350 advocates from nearly 100 countries have attended the program. HRAP participants have ranged from early-career advocates who cut their teeth in very urgent human rights situations to mid-career advocates who have founded organizations. HRAP alumni have served as UN special rapporteurs, in the ministries of their governments, and at leading human rights organizations around the globe. They have been recognized with honors including the Rafto Prize, the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award and the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders, the highest acknowledgment from the international human rights community.

Below are the biographies of current Advocates and descriptions by select alumni as to why they became human rights advocates.

To see a list of additional past Advocates click here.

To read about more about the work of our Advocates click here .


Mario D’Andrea, 2021
Ektaa Deochand, 2019
South Africa
Carol Dyantyi
Carol Dyantyi, 2014
South Africa
Minja Damjanovic
Minja Damjanovic, 2013
Charles Dinda
Charles Dinda, 2003
Oksana Drebezova
Oksana Drebezova, 2001
Delphine Djiraibe
Delphine Djiraibe, 1999