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About Us

Recognizing a need for globally conscious activity at Penn Law, a group of students founded the International Human Rights Advocates in 2006, an organization dedicated to pro bono service worldwide.


IHRA gives students a chance to fulfill their service requirements and interact with leading legal professionals and academics while addressing some of the world’s most severe crises.

Contact Us:

For more information about the International Human Rights Advocates (IHRA) or to be added to our list serve so we can notify you of upcoming events, please send an email to ​

You can also contact one of IHRA’s Board Members with any questions:


Natasha ArnpriesterDirector (

International Summer Human Rights Fellow ’14

United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Open Society Justice Initiative 


Alyssa Pehmoeller, Project Manager (

Department of Environmental Protection

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP


Allison Kowalski, Project Manager ( )

 International Summer Human Rights Fellow ’15

United Nations Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights


Maria Hera, Field Work Manager (

 Blue Apron

Want to get involved?

All students (1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, LLMs, students from other Penn graduate programs) are invited to apply to join IHRA
. Please send an email to the IHRA Director, Natasha Arnpriester at in order to receive a copy of the application. If you are not interested in joining our pro bono project this year but would like to sign up for the IHRA listserv in order to hear about our events please contact