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.
Previously, Hanna worked with various Syrian-American organizations on fundraisers, clothing drives, and social business projects for Syrian refugees. She also volunteered at the Home of Home orphanage in Lebanon, specifically working with Syrian children who had been abandoned and orphaned due to the conflict. Hanna has also interned for Congo Action Now, where she worked on issues of sexual violence and on passing House Bill H2898, which would require companies to disclose their use of conflict minerals. She participated in American University’s Washington Semester Program, studying foreign policy and interning for the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce.
As a Syrian American, Hanna is passionate about human rights issues, including religious tolerance and the protection of minorities. She is a board member for the Syrian American Forum-Youth and the vice president of the Assyrian American Association of Massachusetts.
Hanna holds a BA in legal studies and political science from Lasell College and is currently pursuing an AM in Middle East Studies at Harvard. She is fluent in Arabic and Spanish and conversant in Aramaic.