Meet the Team
Mariana is a human rights practitioner with over 20 years experience in post conflict justice, including at the Rwanda Tribunal and Special Court for Sierra Leone, where she was a Legal Adviser. More recently she was Head of Programmes at Aegis Trust, and Deputy Director of REDRESS where she had been its Post Conflict Justice Adviser working on transitional justice cases and projects with affected communities in DRC, Northern Uganda, Kenya, Central African Republic.
Najlaa El Khalifa
Najlaa is a sudanese human rights lawyer, formerly Acting Executive Director for Sudanese Rights Group as well as Human Rights Officer and Consultant for the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies where she specifically investigated torture in Sudan. Najlaa has further experience working at Human Rights Watch researching Sudanese women human rights defenders and at REDRESS as their Sudan Project Officer, coordinating their Criminal Laws Reform project and Prohibition of Torture in Sudan.
Cara has worked in the UK and internationally in campaigns, policy, research and coordination roles in the areas of civilian protection, human rights, peacebuilding and disarmament. Most recently, she has worked in Geneva at the UK Mission to the UN and the Quaker United Nations Office. She has an MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights, and a BA in History with Middle East Studies. She is assisting Rights for Peace with making connections to ongoing policy debates or processes internationally, particularly in relation to the best use of international human rights approaches in upstream prevention of mass atrocities.
Clara has almost a decade of experience as a photographer in the creative industries, as well as working as a specialist university lecturer. She contributes to the management of the website and of our social media platforms, and assists with the publication of our blogs and newsletters.