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 .


Miriam Ruiz Mendoza, 2006
Agnes Sia Tamba, 2006
Sierra Leone
Alejandra Ancheita, 2005
Jia Ping
Jia Ping, 2005
Benedicto Q. Sánchez
Benedicto Q. Sánchez, 2005
Hubert Masoka Tshiswaka, 2005
Democratic Republic Of Congo
Lilian Keene-Mugerwa
Lilian Keene-Mugerwa, 2004
Carolina Quinteros, 2004
El Salvador
K. R. Renuka
K. R. Renuka, 2004
Nana Afadzinu
Nana Afadzinu, 2003
Lydia Alpízar Durán
Lydia Alpízar Durán, 2003
Costa Rica
Charles Dinda
Charles Dinda, 2003
Patricia Guerrero
Patricia Guerrero, 2003
Saifuddin Bantasyam
Saifuddin Bantasyam, 2002
Francelyn G. Begonia
Francelyn G. Begonia, 2002