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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.


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

IHRA partners with international human rights organizations to provide research for our partners’ lawsuits and publications. IHRA also sponsors a speaker series to bring in human rights advocates from multiple sectors to provide dialogue on the Penn Campus.

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:

Pinky Mehta, IHRA Director (

 International Summer Human Rights Fellow  ’13 (ISHRF)

Aaron Jordan, Project Manager (

 International Summer Human Rights Fellow ’14 (ISHRF), Mead Fellow ’14

Natasha Arnpriester, Project Manager (

 International Summer Human Rights Fellow ’14 & ’15 (ISHRF)

Benjamin Johnson, Field Work Manager (

 Lauder Institute - M.A. in International Studies Candidate ’16

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, Pinky Mehta 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