Stephanie Huber & Liz Williams
Founders and Directors of ARC
Stephanie has provided research and advocacy on human rights and refugee issues since 2003. Prior to founding ARC she worked in a variety of roles for the Immigration Advisory Service, the European Council on Refugees and Exiles and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Warsaw. She also volunteered at Migrant Helpline, Student Action for Refugees and Anti-Slavery International.
Stephanie has provided research, policy and training support to Freedom from Torture, the Hungarian Helsinki Foundation, the Independent Advisory Group on Country Information, the Still Human Still Here Coalition, the Solicitors Regulatory Authority/Legal Ombudsman/Unbound Philanthropy and UNHCR.
She holds an MA in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex, a MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies and an BA (Hons) in Contemporary History with Social Sciences from the University of Sussex.
Liz has 12 years of experience of undertaking research and advocacy on asylum and human rights issues. Before setting up ARC she was a Research Officer at the Immigration Advisory Service and has undertaken voluntary work for Bail for Immigration Detainees, Detention Action, the Refugees Arrivals Project and the Women’s Centre for Development and Research (India).
Liz has been commissioned by a number of organisations including Amnesty International UK, the Environmental Law Foundation, Freedom from Torture, the Hungarian Helsinki Foundation, the Independent Advisory Group on Country Information, the Still Human Still Here Coalition, the Solicitors Regulatory Authority/Legal Ombudsman/Unbound Philanthropy and UNHCR to provide research and policy consultancy, and to deliver training.
She holds an MA in Social Anthropology of Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies and an MA (hons) in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh.
Natasha has spent the past 12 years working in the asylum and refugee sector. She has been commissioned to conduct policy, research and advocacy work on UK asylum issues. She has conducted research for and/or authored publications for Medical Justice, Women for Refugee Women, Amnesty, UNHCR, the Immigration Advisory Service, Freedom from Torture and others.
Natasha has three years’ experience managing projects across Europe working with vulnerable refugees and unaccompanied minors.
She holds an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development and an MA in Investigative Journalism.
Rachel has over 18 years’ experience of working in the field of human rights. In the early 1990s, Rachel worked for the French humanitarian organization “EquiLibre” in Moscow, setting up a social support programme for refugees, before joining the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) as project coordinator for Eastern Europe. During her eleven years at ECRE, Rachel ran a capacity-building programme for refugee assisting NGOs in Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. She worked for over five years at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International first as a Campaigner (Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Kazakhstan) and later as Researcher (Turkmenistan, Tajikistan). She has researched and written reports on a range of human rights issues including refugee rights, extradition and forcible returns, the death penalty, fundamental rights and torture and undertook related international advocacy and media work.
Since 2015, Rachel has also been a member of the Editorial Board at the International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) where she conducts research on human rights in Central Asia and the former Soviet Union.
Rachel holds a Russian degree from Bristol University and speaks fluent French and Russian.
Bogdan has 8 years of experience working as a researcher on migration/asylum and human rights issues. Before joining ARC he was a COI Researcher at the Romanian National Council for Refugees and was commissioned as a research consultant by the European Network against Racism (ENAR) and UNHCR on topics such as racism, discrimination, and employment.
He holds a Master’s degree in European and Romanian Politics from the University of Bucharest.
Dastan works for the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), the world’s largest membership-based organisation working on the health-based rehabilitation of survivors of torture. He has worked extensively on advocating for the rights of survivors of torture during the reform of the Common European Asylum System as well as globally on the implementation of the right to rehabilitation. Dastan holds a BA (Hons) in International Relations and Politics from the University of Dundee and an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford.