Rhona Goodarzi is the latest member of the IRCT Secretariat team, commencing the position of Advocacy Associate in January.
As Advocacy Associate, Rhona will support the work of the Istanbul Protocol Programme Coordinator, James Lin, in advancing knowledge on the health-based consequences of torture by drafting expert statements, designing and developing capacity building programmes on health-based and forensic documentation, and using that knowledge to inform advocacy campaigns and strategic case interventions. This involves working in close coordination with the Independent Forensic Expert Group (IFEG). She brings to the Secretariat her experience interning at the Instituto de Terapia e Investigación sobre las Secuelas de la Tortura y la Violencia Estatal (ITEI), the IRCT’s member centre based in La Paz, Bolivia. Having studied across three countries, Rhona holds an LL.B. (Hons) in Law and French from the University of Edinburgh and an LL.M. from McGill University where she carried out multiple research projects relating to the field of International Human Rights Law.
Rhona says “I look forward to working closely with the IRCT’s Independent Forensic Expert Group and diverse membership to respond to the needs of torture survivors using the Istanbul Protocol."