HURIDOCS is made up of documentation specialists, researchers and software developers, united by a belief in the power of accurate, accessible information and by a commitment to human rights. We operate a small office in Geneva, Switzerland, but the majority of our team is distributed across the world in several countries.

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“As software developers for HURIDOCS, we need to develop very simple and efficient online platforms. We do not think in terms of profit: we help human rights defenders the best way we can.”

After 10 years developing software in different countries, Alberto started working for HURIDOCS in 2015 on OpenEvsys and currently works on Uwazi.

“Driven by social impact, I am excited to be part of HURIDOCS team and contribute to improvement of human rights through upscaling its activities based on cutting-edge approaches and solutions.”

With vast experience of working in the governmental and non-profit industry, with focus on partnerships building, resource mobilisation and donor relations, Aleksandra joined HURIDOCS in 2021.

  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Languages spoken: Polish, English, French, Spanish, Russian
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“For me, having the chance to do something good while doing what you love is one of the best things that can happen to someone. At HURIDOCS, I have this chance.”

Ali completed university in the summer of 2020 and started as an intern at HURIDOCS that November. Now, he is working as a machine learning developer since May 2021.

  • Location: Ankara, Turkey
  • Languages spoken: Turkish, English
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“I have worked for a number of commercial companies and I really enjoy being now involved in a team of people who think in terms of human relations and don’t seek profit at any cost.”

After 35 years working in positions related to accounting and administration in the advertising business, Anne joined the HURIDCOCS team in 2014.

“I believe that documentation is central in pursuing justice, and that such pursuits can be best attained through collective action and mutual support. I join HURIDOCS to be in solidarity with folks who are creatively figuring things out together in service of those who continue to defend human rights.”

Bono is an archivist and researcher working for more than a decade at the intersections of information, technology, and justice in the Philippines and across the Global South. He joined HURIDOCS in 2021.

  • Location: California, USA
  • Languages spoken: Filipino, English
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“At HURIDOCS, I look forward to assisting human rights defenders to leverage the power of technology to improve how they manage information and ultimately enhance their impact.”

Passionate about technology, Chamrid has experience working on development-related projects across West Africa that aim to promote human rights, strengthen civic participation, and reform key regional policies. He joined HURIDOCS in 2021.

“Working in open-source tools that have a positive impact on people’s lives is a dream come true. At HURIDOCS, I am part of a team of passionate people committed to supporting human rights NGOs every day.”

In 2019, Federico made the change from working on software in a multinational corporation to developing solutions for human rights defenders with HURIDOCS.

“Human rights are not just words: they need to be fought for and promoted. Gathering, organising and analysing information is essential to this goal, and we are proud to strengthen human rights defenders with advice, training and tools.”

Friedhelm has overseen HURIDOCS projects and partnerships around the globe since 2012. He is constantly exploring new solutions, approaches and collaborations.

  • Location: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Languages spoken: English, French, German, Polish and Russian
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“Software is yet another factor contributing to welfare inequality in the world. At HURIDOCS we push to balance this: we share open-source code in favor of human rights.”

Gabriel has worked for several years in software development and operations research, and has a background in statistics and big data analytics. He joined HURIDOCS in 2019.

  • Location: Valencia, Spain
  • Languages spoken: Spanish, English, Valencian
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“I believe documentation lies at the very center of securing human rights and ensuring accountability. I am excited to be part of HURIDOCS’ effort to providing accurate and accessible information to human rights defenders.”

Bina has worked in Washington DC, Geneva, and Seoul with a focus on new technologies for human rights fact-finding and documenting. She joined HURIDOCS in 2021.

“It has been very challenging and interesting to develop open-source tools for human rights NGOs. These tools require a deep understanding of the needs of the users and the building of a community around the information and tool.”

Joan Gallego first worked as a contractor in the HURIDOCS-MRVRS project in June 2015 and joined HURIDOCS as a full-time senior developer in September 2015 to work on Uwazi.

“Designing and pushing the envelope of software that helps people is a dream come true. At HURIDOCS, I look forward to build a deep understanding on how technology can be put at the service of human-rights defenders, and through that, model, create and improve the necessary tools that can bring the highest impact on people.”

Juan has worked for more than 17 years designing software, from simple websites to complex industrial applications, in eight different countries. He is constantly exploring new ways of improving technology and making it more accessible, and has a deep passion for photography. He joined HURIDOCS in 2021.

“It is amazing working in a team with members from different regions in the world who come up with incredible ideas to contribute to the work of human rights organisations through software.”

After five years of developing e-commerce and warehouse management software, Kevin joined HURIDOCS in 2020 to work on Uwazi.

  • Location: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Languages spoken: English, Swahili, Kikuyu
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“I started my human rights work in the torture treatment field in 2007 and I’ve seen first-hand how NGOs struggle with data management. Ever since, I have been determined to tackle this challenge.”

Kristin has a background in computer science and has worked as a community-builder and technology problem-solver in the human rights community since 2007.

“In research and development, the emphasis on efficiency can lead to overspecialization, where the actual application and its wider societal impact is lost from an individual’s perspective. In this sense, working at HURIDOCS is a personal attempt to take back this responsibility and ensure that the results of the effort are used in a beneficial way.”

After receiving a mixed degree in informatics and physics in 2010, Laszlo worked on a wide array of applications within industry and academia, mostly in positions where both coding and quantitative skills were needed. After his last place in finance, Laszlo joined HURIDOCS in May 2021.

“Stories are a powerful tool for promoting human rights, and there are countless out there just waiting to be told. With the right technology and training, we can uncover them.”

L. Finch is a writer, editor and translator with a background in mission-driven and community-centered journalism. She joined HURIDOCS in 2019.

“The impact and positive change that stems from collaboration across professional fields and contexts is what drives my work. I strongly believe in actively co-creating solutions with human rights defenders which will contribute to a more balanced and just world.”

Lucía holds vast experience working in the international cooperation sector, specially in the Andean region of Latin America, India and Nepal. Before joining HURIDOCS in May 2021, she led projects that built capacity for human trafficking survivors along the borders of Colombia-Ecuador and India-Nepal.

  • Location: Valencia, Spain
  • Languages spoken: Spanish, English, Valenciano
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“Leveraging the advancement of technology to boost the work of human rights defenders is a challenging but rewarding task that I look forward to fulfilling at HURIDOCS.”

Matel has worked in Chicago, Geneva and across West Africa with a focus on capacity building and knowledge management for civil society actors. She joined HURIDOCS in 2019.

  • Location: Saint-Louis, France
  • Languages spoken: Wolof, Fulah, English, French, Portuguese
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“Information is rhizomatic. It is abundant in possibilities. In HURIDOCS, I look forward to collaborating to find solutions for information management needs. Being passionate about the interaction between information systems, knowledge and social impact, I see this as an eye-opening journey; filled with learning and insight.”

Menna has been working in the field of human rights since 2011 and has focused on freedom of information in transitional justice processes. She holds an LLM in human rights conflict and justice, and has a background in anthropology. She is passionate about understandings of knowledge and processes of transmission. She joined HURIDOCS in 2020.

“I’m delighted to be developing software that could help to achieve justice around the world. Being part of a team that contributes to the defense of people’s rights is such a privilege.”

After working for almost 15 years in the financial sector, Mercy left her last director position in order to come back to development—this time, open-source software for humanistic purposes. She joined HURIDOCS in May 2020.

“I am excited to unearth solutions and build open-source tools from the ground up — rooted in the lived realities and unique requirements of our partners.”

Nancy has been an active organiser and researcher in the civil and human rights community for nearly 20 years and joined HURIDOCS in 2019.

  • Location: Asturias, Spain
  • Languages spoken: English, Taiwanese, Kannada, Sanskrit, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish
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“Working for HURIDOCS has been an incredible gateway to see the innumerable ways in which technology can strengthen the work of human rights defenders across the world.”

Natasha has a background in human rights research, publishing and editing, with a focus on social inclusion, humanitarian aid and peace. She joined HURIDOCS in 2020.

  • Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Languages spoken: English, Nepali, Hindi, Marwari
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“I left the private sector because I wanted to do something meaningful, which is the case now. Improving the daily life of human rights NGOs and having a leading role in a small organisation with an efficient structure and a pragmatic approach is very rewarding.”

Being key account and strategic alliance manager at Procter & Gamble for 12 years, Peter started working for various NGOs and joined HURIDOCS in 2012.

“At HURIDOCS, I have a chance to be initiated into technology and bring it home to issues of human rights together with amazing partners.”

Phurbu previously worked under different research capacities in Delhi, Geneva and Dharamshala. She also taught undergraduate students as a teaching fellow at her alma mater in Haryana. She joined HURIDOCS in 2021.

  • Location: Between Geneva and Delhi
  • Languages spoken: Tibetan, Hindi, Nepali, English
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“As a developer, I have relied heavily on open source projects during my career. At HURIDOCS, being part of open source projects that can contribute to other NGOs as well as other programmers and give back to the community is an exciting experience.”

After three years developing the Idukay education plaftorm, Rafa participated as a contractor in the HURIDOCS-MRVRS project in June 2015 and joined HURIDOCS as a full-time senior developer in August 2016 to work on Uwazi.

  • Location: Quito, Ecuador
  • Languages spoken: Spanish, English
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“Right now, technology is essential for the labor of human rights defenders, not only in their accompaniment of victims and advocacy, but also in the construction of memory. I feel very happy to have the opportunity to offer my little contribution to this never-ending collective work.”

Salva has been involved in the defense of human rights since 2002, working in civil society organisations and in the Ombudsman office of the National Preventive Mechanism Against Torture. He has participated in IT projects for international development cooperation and human rights research. He joined HURIDOCS in April 2021.

  • Location: Chiapas, Mexico
  • Languages spoken: Spanish, Catalan, English
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“It’s exciting to work on developing tools for human rights advocates, and contribute to the ecosystem of free and open software. I feel privileged to be part of a team that works to create positive change in the world.”

Santiago has worked in human rights organizations as a tech consultant, system administrator and web developer. He joined HURIDOCS in February 2021.

“NGOs need to make sure that their sensitive information are safe. Data security is therefore an essential aspect of my work for HURIDOCS: we train our partners and keep good standards in order to realise their mission.”

A software developer since 1996, Tomàs also has a background in sociology – the perfect match between technology challenges and social projects.

  • Location: Valencia, Spain
  • Languages spoken: Spanish, English

“I am passionate about the intersection between technology and social justice. At HURIDOCS, I have the opportunity to help and learn from human rights organizations that are actually in the field fighting for victims.”

Ximena has worked in nonprofit civic tech for several years and is the co-founder of, a platform that helps activists and collectives build digital advocacy campaigns. She joined HURIDOCS in 2020.

“I am passionate about using different communication methods to advocate for an equal and just world. HURIDOCS is ideally positioned to provide the tools and guidance needed to expose human rights abuses and work towards righting wrongs.”

Yolanda oversaw the communications and advocacy activities at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, before joining HURIDOCS in 2021. She holds an Honours degree in Visual Studies and a Master’s degree in Multidisciplinary Human Rights.