Human Rights First, a nonpartisan, international human rights organization, has appointed Kareem Shora as Executive Vice President, Programs & Policy and Iman Boukadoum as Director, Extremism & Human Rights. Hanold Associates’ Mayank Parikh, Sarah Kennedy and Ivy Arlia led the search for these Washington, D.C. based roles.
Human Rights First works to create a world where every person’s human rights are respected and protected to build societies that value and invest in all their people. The organization uses its expertise while partnering with skilled elements of the American society to expand accountability, curb repression and support human rights defenders in the United States and worldwide. Human Rights First has more than 60 members that include experts, attorneys and refugee representatives.
Kareem previously served as the acting Deputy Director for Policy and Programs at the US Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships, setting the direction of numerous financial, educational and technical assistance efforts around local violence prevention frameworks across the United States. As Executive Vice President, Kareem will report to HRF CEO, Mike Breen, leading a team of directors and experts in developing and leading the organization’s policy and advocacy initiatives. Kareem’s role will be to lead a team of directors and subject matter experts in developing, executing and leading the organization’s policy and advocacy initiatives.
Iman was previously a Senior Manager at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, leading the organization’s immigration and hate crimes civil rights priorities. As the Director, Extremism and Human Rights, Iman will help lead a holistic national response to the threat of violent domestic extremism through strategies that protect vulnerable and targeted communities. In this role, Iman will report to the EVP, Kareem Shora, and work closely to shape policies that reflect responses for human rights.