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International Human Rights Advocates (IHRA)

Founded in 2006, the International Human Rights Advocates (IHRA) pro bono organization supports the promotion and protection of human rights throughout the world. Students work to advance human rights internationally, learn about emerging issues in human rights, assist individuals who have had their human rights violated, participate in international fieldwork, learn about career opportunities in human rights, and fulfill pro bono requirements.

IHRA provides a variety of projects for students, including new projects initiated by student leaders as well as ongoing ones that IHRA has committed to year after year. We work with individual lawyers and professors, civil society organizations, other Penn Law pro bono groups and clinics, and non-profit organizations. Our goal is to not only provide legal assistance to those whose rights have been violated, but also work to spread the concept of international human rights through research and advocacy.

Our leadership and ambassadors consist of a tight-knit group of people pursuing diverse interests but share a core belief in the fundamental importance of human rights.  Time commitments are flexible—IHRA project managers can tailor your assignment to the number of hours desired. Every year we spend all of spring break in a region for an educational fieldwork trip. However, this trip has a limited number of spots available to our volunteers.

IHRA seeks to advance human rights internationally by conducting research, undertaking advocacy campaigns, and educating colleagues on contemporary issues of international human rights. Projects typically focus on legal research and writing to support the delivery of legal recourse to individuals suffering from human rights abuses. Through events and lectures, IHRA creates awareness of international human rights concerns. IHRA’s research projects provide exposure and substantive research experience concerning international human rights to our student volunteers, building skills rarely taught in the classroom.


Student Leaders

Allyson Reynolds Director
Emilie Raber Fieldwork Director
Sue-Anna Yeh Fundraising Director
Allison Perlin Project Manager
Brian Yeh Project Manager
Barrett Greenwell Project Manager
John Peng Project Manager
Meroua Zouai Project Manager