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 .


Bede Chimezie Eziefule
Bede Chimezie Eziefule, 2002
Jennifer Flynn
Jennifer Flynn Walker, 2002
United States
Limota Goroso Giwa
Limota Goroso Giwa, 2002
Huma Khan, 2002
Odindo Opiata
Odindo Opiata, 2002
Leonardo Reales
Leonardo Reales, 2002
Ladi Alabi, 2001
Oksana Drebezova
Oksana Drebezova, 2001
Sha’wan Jabarin
Sha’wan Jabarin, 2001
Palestinian Authority
Kizito Mushizi Nfundiko
Kizito Mushizi Nfundiko, 2001
Democratic Republic Of Congo
Christie Olejemeh
Christie Olejemeh, 2001
Adrian Relu Coman
Adrian Relu Coman, 2000
Musue Haddad
Musue Haddad, 2000
Taima Al-Jayoush, 1999
Delphine Djiraibe
Delphine Djiraibe, 1999