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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 listserv 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

Executive Board

Natasha ArnpriesterDirector (

Alyssa Pehmoeller, Project Manager ( 

Allison Kowalski, Project Manager ( )

Maria Hera, Field Work Coordinator (

Suzanne Knijnenburg, LLM Director (

1L Ambassadors

Justine Chiu

Joanna Hoodes

Elizabeth Sahner

Laily Sheybani

Leah Wong

Want to get involved?

All University of Pennsylvania students (1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, LLMs, students from other Penn graduate programs) are invited to join