Ninwa Hanna's role at PHR primarily focuses on our work in Syria. Previously, Hanna was the youth chairperson and a national board member of the Syrian American Alliance, where she focused on foreign policy and humanitarian aid related to the ongoing Syrian conflict. She was also an intern for Congo Action Now, where she worked on sexual violence issues and on passing House Bill H2898, which, if passed in the Senate, would require companies to disclose their use of conflict minerals. Hanna 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 minority rights. She organizes and facilities many fundraisers for Syrian refugees and internally displaced people suffering inside Syria. Additionally, Hanna is the social media chairperson for the Assyrian American Association of Massachusetts, recognizing the utility of social media in spreading awareness. Hanna is also the founder of the “Letters of Love for Syria” campaign, which consists of writing letters and cards for Syrian refugees and orphans to lift their spirits.
Hanna holds a BA in legal studies and political science from Lasell College. She is conversant in Aramaic and fluent in Arabic and Spanish.