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Donna McKay

Donna McKay, MS

Executive Director, New York

Donna McKay joined PHR as executive director in February 2012, bringing more than 20 years of international and domestic nonprofit experience to the organization. She provides overall leadership and strategic direction and manages PHR’s staff and volunteers globally. After joining PHR, McKay moved the organization’s headquarters from Massachusetts to New York, and hired nearly 20 new, high-caliber staff with extensive human rights experience. Learn More »

Christine Alai

Christine Alai, LLM

Kenya Coordinator, Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, Kenya

Christine Alai is responsible for the advancement of the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones in Kenya. She represents PHR to government, local, and international partners; develops and manages partnerships with individual and institutional collaborators; conducts advocacy; and coordinates and leads forensic trainings to influence collaboration among medical, legal, and law enforcement personnel with the goal of enhancing prosecutions and accountability for sexual violence in Kenya. Learn More »

Elise Baker

Elise Baker

Program Associate, Investigations, New York

Elise Baker provides research and logistical support to the investigations team. Baker previously served as a consultant and intern for PHR on the Syria Mapping Project, where she conducted research, collected and aggregated data, and developed PHR’s online interactive map documenting attacks on health care in Syria. Learn More »

Widney Brown

Widney Brown

Director of Programs, New York

Widney Brown oversees PHR’s research, investigations, monitoring and evaluation, documentation, advocacy, and capacity-building projects. Learn More »

Rachel Chapman, LLM

Rachel Chapman, LLM

Human Resources Manager, New York

Rachel Chapman brings more than 15 years of experience in global human resources and human rights to Physicians for Human Rights. She oversees people operations, internationally and in the United States, and spearheads efforts to meet the strategic challenges of supporting a growing and global workforce. Learn More »

Hannah Chotiner-Gardner

Hannah Chotiner-Gardner

Deputy Director of Development, New York

Hannah Chotiner-Gardner is responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive strategy to obtain institutional support for PHR projects and operations. To that end, she cultivates and maintains relationships with private foundations, corporations, government agencies, and other institutions. She is responsible for communicating information about PHR’s mission and accomplishments to current and prospective funders and identifying opportunities for them to help finance projects and initiatives that further their own missions and objectives. Learn More »

Sarah Dougherty

Sarah Dougherty, JD, MPH

Senior Fellow, U.S. Anti-Torture Program, New York

Sarah Dougherty coordinates PHR’s U.S. Anti-Torture Program, which seeks to end torture in the United States, advance transparency and accountability for violations, and ensure that all detainees are treated in accordance with domestic and international laws. Learn More »

DeDe Dunevant

DeDe Dunevant

Director of Communications, New York

DeDe Dunevant oversees all communications efforts at PHR, including publications, media relations, and internet communications. Her communications career spans more than fifteen years and includes experience in the fields of drug policy reform, education, international volunteerism, and global public health. Learn More »

Grace Gohlke

Grace Gohlke

Program Assistant, Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, Boston

Grace Gohlke provides administrative, logistical, and programmatic support for the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones. She handles logistics for trainings conducted by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) on the documentation of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya, and provides translation support for the program. Learn More »

Carolyn Greco, JD

U.S. Policy Program Assistant, Washington D.C.

Carolyn Greco provides advocacy, outreach, and administrative support for the policy team at Physicians for Human Rights. She performs policy analysis for various programmatic initiatives, including anti-torture, medical neutrality, sexual violence, and war crimes accountability. Learn More »

Ninwa Hanna

Ninwa Hanna

MENA Program Associate, Boston

Ninwa Hanna plays an essential role in organizing PHR’s trainings on documentation of human rights violations in the Middle East. She handles all logistics for trainings, acts as a liaison with colleagues on the ground, and facilitates the process for properly receiving documentation of rights violations. Learn More »

Hannah Howroyd

Development Associate, New York

Hannah Howroyd is responsible for providing administrative and technical support for PHR’s development department. She coordinates fundraising and direct response efforts, maintains the donor database, and produces regular department reports. Howroyd also assists the development team by managing prospect research and creating program and grant reports. Learn More »

Vincent Iacopino, MD

Vincent Iacopino, MD, PhD

Medical Director

During his 22 years with PHR, Dr. Vincent Iacopino has conducted medical fact-finding investigations and documented a wide range of human rights violations all over the world, including in Afghanistan, Botswana, Burma, Chad, Chechyna, Iraq, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, the United States, and Zimbabwe. Learn More »

Vesna Jaksic

Vesna Jaksic Lowe, MS

Deputy Director of Communications, New York

Vesna Jaksic Lowe oversees PHR’s media relations efforts and works with journalists globally to increase visibility for PHR, its issues, and its experts. She is responsible for PHR’s messaging and relies on media and other communication tools to grow the organization’s reach and increase the impact of its advocacy work. Learn More »

Molly Kenah

Molly Kenah, MA

Major Gifts Officer, New York

Molly Kenah is responsible for identifying, cultivating, and stewarding PHR’s individual donor relationships. As major gifts officer, she works with board members, staff leadership, and development colleagues to develop the organization’s major donor program. Learn More »

Varduhi Kyureghyan

Senior Accountant, New York

Varduhi Kyureghyan manages various accounting functions at Physicians for Human Rights, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger, cash reconciliation, and investment accounts. She also assists in the yearly audit and works closely with the development department to reconcile monthly donor revenues. Learn More »

Lisa Manrique

Lisa Manrique

Asylum Program Assistant, Boston

Lisa Manrique coordinates case placement of forensic evaluations for survivors of torture and other human rights abuses who are seeking asylum in the United States. Manrique assigns cases to PHR’s nationwide network of volunteers, coordinates logistics of training seminars, provides general support for the asylum program, and is responsible for recruiting clinicians. Learn More »

Zabi Mazoori

Zabi Mazoori

Afghanistan Coordinator, International Forensic Program, New York

Zabi Mazoori coordinates the Afghanistan project for PHR’s International Forensic Program (IFP). Mazoori provides country level expertise and analysis, liaises with Afghan partner organizations and stakeholders, and provides administrative and logistical support in Afghanistan. Learn More »

Dallas Mazoori

Dallas Mazoori

Program Associate, International Forensic Program, New York

Dallas Mazoori supports the director of the International Forensic Program (IFP) with the design and implementation of IFP activities, including fact-finding missions, research projects, and trainings. Learn More »

Thomas McHale

Tom McHale, SM

Program Officer, Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, Boston

Tom McHale provides programmatic and training-specific support for PHR’s Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones – a forensic training and advocacy initiative that helps forge networks of collaboration among medical, legal, and law enforcement personnel to support prosecutions and accountability for sexual violence in East and Central Africa. Learn More »

Karen Naimer

Karen Naimer, JD, LLM, MA

Director of the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, Boston

Karen Naimer is responsible for spearheading PHR's Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, a forensic training and advocacy initiative that helps to forge networks of collaboration among medical, legal, and law enforcement personnel to support prosecutions and accountability for sexual violence in East and Central Africa. Learn More »

Simran Sachdev

Simran Sachdev, MS

Online Communications Coordinator, New York

Simran Sachdev spearheads PHR’s online advocacy and communication efforts. Sachdev is a writer and activist with a passion for human rights and gender equality. She has contributed articles to various online news sources, including The Daily Beast, Women's eNews, AlterNet, and Lipstick & Politics. Learn More »

Stefan Schmitt

Stefan Schmitt, MS

Director of the International Forensic Program

Stefan Schmitt directs PHR’s International Forensic Program. Most recently, Schmitt documented a massacre by Qaddafi forces in Tripoli for Libyan authorities and the International Criminal Court. Subsequently, the authorities asked him to assemble a team of forensic and legal experts to conduct a human identification needs assessment and gap analysis to advise on identifying the dead from Libya’s revolution. Learn More »

Beth Scully

Grant Writer, New York

Beth Scully communicates with governments and institutional funders to garner financial support for PHR’s work around the world. Learn More »

Sue Simon

Sue Simon, MPA

Director, Forensic Training Institute, New York

In collaboration with program staff and PHR trainers, Sue Simon is helping to increase global capacity to collect, analyze, and preserve credible evidence to expose and stop human rights abuses through PHR’s Forensic Training Institute. The institute will strengthen the ability of medical, legal, and law enforcement personnel to investigate torture, mass atrocities, sexual violence, and the persecution of health care workers and seek redress through local, national, and international justice mechanisms. Learn More »

Alvin Sinckler

Alvin Sinckler, MS

Director of Finance and Administration, New York

Alvin Sinckler is responsible for PHR’s grants and budget management and analysis, as well as IT and operations. Sinckler has over 17 years of experience in finance and administration. Learn More »

Susannah Sirkin

Susannah Sirkin, MEd

Director of International Policy and Partnerships/Senior Advisor, Boston and New York

Susannah Sirkin oversees PHR’s international policy engagement including our work with the United Nations, domestic and international justice systems, and human rights coalitions. Sirkin is also responsible for managing and multiplying PHR’s strategic partnerships globally, expanding our volunteers from the medical and scientific community, and increasing our partnerships with NGOs, medical institutions, and other relationships that can enhance PHR’s effectiveness and grow the field of human rights activists. Learn More »

Christine Squires

Christine Squires

Chief Operating Officer, New York

Christine Squires leads PHR’s development, human resources, and information technology programs, as well PHR’s organization-wide planning, grants management, and budget processes. Learn More »

Sucharita Varanasi

Sucharita S.K. Varanasi, JD

MediCapt Project Manager and Senior Program Officer, Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, Boston

Sucharita Varanasi leads PHR’s efforts on human rights and technology, primarily focusing on the development of MediCapt. MediCapt is a mobile application that will help clinicians effectively collect, document, and preserve forensic medical evidence of sexual violence to support the local prosecution of these crimes. Learn More »

Jenna Watson

Jenna Watson

Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Jenna Watson is responsible for providing administrative support to the executive director at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). She assists the director in various capacities, including scheduling meetings, arranging travel, and tracking expenses. Learn More »

Eliza B. Young

Eliza B. Young, MA

Publications Coordinator, New York

Eliza B. Young manages the production of all PHR printed materials, including investigative reports, newsletters, program fact sheets, and organizational brochures. Young also contributes to the writing and editing of PHR communication products. Learn More »