Human Rights Society Staff Team are passionate human rights activists and advocate the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Currently as an all-volunteer staff team with our interns and volunteers, we will always strive to make a difference to make this world a more better place advocating for human rights and fighting its abuses.
ALEX SUM | Founder & Executive Director
Alex began his human rights activism in 2007 after starting a social justice community group amongst friends. When the group got to human trafficking, Alex knew immediately it was “the issue” that resonated with him the most. This began his journey as an abolitionist. First, Alex began volunteering with International Justice Mission (IJM) where got him to see video footages of girls as young as 7-years old in brothels. This devastated Alex to no end and he knew he needed to do “something.” Volunteering with IJM led him to become their Seattle Benefit Chairperson for a couple of years, amongst other events. In 2009, through IJM’s encouragement, Alex co-founded Seattle Against Slavery (SAS) as a region-wide anti-trafficking coalition working with service providers, politicians, law enforcement, and other grassroots activists. In 2011, Alex founded Human Rights Society to focus on human rights on more global perspective. With a highly collaborative approach, Alex is connected with many justice-oriented nonprofits and speaks regularly including as a guest lecturer at the University of Washington. He ideates many programs with his teams. A Seattleite, Alex earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington’s (UW) Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, loves being a family man with 5 wonderful bambinos. He heads up sales for Fuse IQ which has led 400+ web projects, mostly for nonprofits such as United Nations, UW, etc. For more info on Alex: LinkedIn | @alexsum | alex(at)humanrightssociety(dot)org
HEATHER-POORNIMA-OANA | Feed the Homless Program Co-Directors
Oana has over 8 years experience working in the non-profit sector, on issues such as early and forced marriage, girls’ education and modern-day slavery. She managed the individual giving department at Anti-Slavery International in London, UK and has held various marketing and fundraising positions with Plan International and other UK and international charities. She has recently received a master’s degree in Non-Profit Development Management and is dedicating her spare time to set up new social and charitable initiatives in her native Romania. She loves cooking and has been serving with HRS as a lead cook since Nov 2017. | info(at)humanrightssociety(dot)or
- Emma Hurlbert | 2017 Winter—Present | University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC, CANADA)