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 .


Elina K. Horo
Elina K. Horo, 2015
Benson Khemis Soro Lako
Benson Khemis Soro Lako, 2015
South Sudan
Sylvain Waruzi
Sylvain Waruzi, 2015
Democratic Republic Of Congo
Esther Adhiambo, 2014
Theoneste Bizimana
Theoneste Bizimana, 2014
Carol Dyantyi
Carol Dyantyi, 2014
South Africa
Edna Chepkorir Kaptoyo
Edna Chepkorir Kaptoyo, 2014
Aviâja Egede Lynge
Aviâja Egede Lynge, 2014
Iuliana Marcinschi
Iuliana Marcinschi, 2014
Rabecca Mathew Fuli Moriku
Rabecca Mathew Fuli Moriku, 2014
South Sudan
Adama Diop Ndiaye
Adama Diop Ndiaye, 2014
United States
Doris Gatmaitan Ramirez
Doris Gatmaitan Ramirez, 2014
Liang Xiaojun, 2014
Biel Boutros Biel
Biel Boutros Biel, 2013
South Sudan
Maria Eugenia Carrera Chavez
Maria Eugenia Carrera Chavez, 2013