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 .


Eugenie Mukeshimana
Eugenie Mukeshimana, 2012
Rita Mainaly
Rita Mainaly, 2011
John Mwebe, 2011
Glenda Muzenda
Glenda Muzenda, 2010
South Africa
Alejandro Rivera Marroquín , 2008
Peter Mulbah
Peter Mulbah, 2008
James Makor
James Makor, 2006
Andrea de la Barrera Montpellier
Andrea de la Barrera Montppellier, 2006
Mikheil Mirziashvili, 1999
Chantha Muth, 1999
Greg Moran, 1993
South Africa
Felipe Michelini Delle Piane
Felipe Michelini Delle Piane, 1990