Our Advocates

Between 1989 and 2017, a total of 324 human rights advocates from 90 countries attended HRAP. In recent years, advocates have ranged from early career advocates who have cut their teeth in very urgent human rights situations to mid-career advocates who have founded organizations.

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 .


Olena Semenova
Olena Semenova, 2017
Carlos Santos
Carlos Santos, 2016
El Salvador
Chhing Lamu Sherpa
Chhing Lamu Sherpa, 2016
Absolom Shalakha
Absolom Shalakha, 2013
Angeline P. Swen
Angeline P. Swen, 2013
Athili Anthony Sapriina
Athili Anthony Sapriina, 2011
Azra Smailkadi-Brkic
Azra Smailkadi-Brkic, 2010
United States
Benedicto Q. Sánchez
Benedicto Q. Sánchez, 2005
Makubetse Sekhonyane, 1999
South Africa
Maya Sharma
Maya Sharma, 1999
Budi Santoso
Budi Santoso, 1998
Raji Sourani
Raji Sourani, 1990
Palestinian Authority