Focus For Humanity Foundation Announces Appointment Of Sara Darehshori To The Board

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Focus For Humanity, a non-profit organization that provides grants to photographers working with our planet’s most vulnerable peoples, announced today that Sara Darehshori, Senior Legal Counsel at Human Rights Watch, had joined the main board.

I have seen first-hand how crucial visual images can be for drawing attention to human rights and humanitarian issues

As senior counsel in the US program, Ms. Darehshori researches and writes on criminal justice issues in the United States. Prior to joining the U.S. Program, Ms. Darehshori spent five years with Human Rights Watch’s International Justice Program.

During her time at Human Rights Watch, Ms. Darehshori has written press releases, briefing papers, and reports on topics including the Special Criminal Courts on the Events in Darfur, Serbia’s War Crimes Chamber, the Slobodan Milosevic trial, the Iraqi High Tribunal and the relationship between peace and justice.

Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Ms. Darehshori worked as a prosecutor in the first trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, The Prosecutor v. Jean-Paul Akayesu, and as a litigator at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York. In addition, Ms. Darehshori has worked in South Africa and for the International Rescue Committee in Croatia, Sudan, and Sierra Leone. She is a graduate of Brown University and Columbia Law School.

“We are thrilled to have someone of Sara experience and reputation join Focus For Humanity, “ explained Marco Ryan, the Foundations Co-founder. “Sara’s experience in working with NGOs, her understanding of the role that visual imagery can play in highlighting humanitarian and human rights issues will be invaluable to us as we look to expand our operations and the breadth of grants to NGOs throughout this coming year.

Commenting on her appointment, Ms. Darehshori said “ I have seen first-hand how crucial visual images can be for drawing attention to human rights and humanitarian issues so I am delighted to work with Focus for Humanity. In the short time since it has been established, Focus for Humanity has already demonstrated its commitment and ability to help photographers get the support they need to do this essential work.”

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