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 .


Elvira Constantina Pablo Antonio, 2021
Joy Pathaw, 2020
Kemal Pervanić
Kemal Pervanić, 2012
Sandeep Kumar Pattnaik, 2007
Ly Pisey
Ly Pisey, 2007
Jia Ping
Jia Ping, 2005
Anna Penido
Anna Penido, 1998
Aurora Parong
Aurora Corazon A. Parong, 1996
Elena Popovic
Elena Popovic, 1995
Luis Felipe Polo
Luis Felipe Polo, 1993