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Director: Sanchita Hosali

Sanchita is a recognised expert in human rights and equality law, policy and practice, with over fifteen years of working both in the UK and internationally. As Director at BIHR Sanchita provides strategic leadership and management, overseeing operations, with a lead role in policy and campaigning. Sanchita convenes an innovative new clinical module at QMUL School of Law, "Securing human rights" which provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to gain practical learning and experience of using human rights standards within the charity sector. Find out more about BIHR's relationship with QMUL here.

Sanchita has a particular expertise in addressing violence against women from a human rights perspective, having worked on a number of UK and international projects on these issues, including on "honour" crimes. She has been an academic researcher, worked as a freelance researcher, and lead policy and strategy development, in a variety of positions at organisations including Nottingham University, SOAS, Greater London Domestic Violence Project, Matrix Chambers, and Rights of Women. Sanchita has previously worked on human rights in the United Nations system, both at the Secretariat in New York and the World Health Organisation in Geneva. 

Sanchita has been recently appointed as a Trustee of the Centre for Women's Justice. She was previously the Chair of Rights of Women, a national legal organisation, overseeing the organisation’s constitution as a charity. Sanchita holds an LLM Human Rights Law and an LLB in Law.

Policy and Programmes Manager: Sophie Howes

Sophie joined BIHR in January 2018, having worked for the organisation previously from 2012-2015. Prior to returning to BIHR, Sophie worked as a Senior Advocate at Victoria Legal Aid in Melbourne, Australia, helping to establish a flagship advocacy service for people who are subject to compulsory mental health treatment. In 2017 Sophie was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to complete an Executive Master in Public Administration for Global Policy Leaders at New York University and University College London. Sophie is a Trustee of the Equality and Diversity Forum.

Human Rights Officer: Carlyn Miller

Carlyn joined BIHR after 16 months as a Policy Officer in the Care, Support and Rights Division of the Scottish Government. Prior to this Carlyn worked as a Human Rights Project Lead for Scottish Care supporting health and social care providers across Scotland to embed a human rights based approach. Carlyn holds a First Class MA Joint Honours degree in Politics and International Relations and her dissertation on the rights of marginalized groups won her a Scholarship to complete her MSc in Human Rights and International Politics at the University of Glasgow. Prior to this Carlyn spent three years working internationally on human rights issues in India, Nepal and South Korea.

Human Rights Officer: Leonard Lewis

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Associate: Kate Temple-Mabe

Kate joined BIHR as an Associate in November 2017, having previously interned with the organisation during the summer of 2016. She holds an LLB in Law from Queen Mary, University of London (2017) as well as English Literature degrees from the University of North Carolina and King's College London. She is currently working part-time at BIHR whilst completing the Bar Professional Training Course, and will begin work as a pupil barrister in October 2018.


QMUL Summer Intern*: Khadijah Naeem

Khadijah is currently completing her LLM in Human Rights Law at Queen Mary, University of London for which she received a full scholarship. Khadijah worked for three years as Support Coordinator and Research and Programme Officer at Helping Households Under Great Stress, where she gained considerable expertise in the human impact of anti-terrorism legislation. Alongside her LLM, she interned at the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime and Rights Watch UK. She is enthusiastic to pursue a career in Human Rights.

QMUL Summer Intern*: Bianca Patulea

Bianca is an LLM student at Queen Mary University of London specialising in Human Rights Law. She holds an LLB in European Legal Studies from University of Southampton (2016) after completing an Erasmus year at KU Leuven in Belgium (2015). She has previously interned with REDRESS Trust and the UN Refugee Agency, and she was a Delegate at the 69th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child. She is hoping to pursue a career at the Bar.

*BIHR's internships are paid; we are proud to pay the London Living Wage.