Worked with the Human Rights Liaison Unit of the Division of International Protection to design strategies to operationalize human rights engagement into UNHCR's existing practices in field operations. Conducted interviews with staff in missions around the world, focus groups and desk research. Provided core recommendations (including suggested pilot projects) to help UNHCR operations enhance the protection of persons of concern under UNHCR’s mandate by using human rights engagement.
Worked with executive director of a technical assistance and grant-making organization for progressive movement leaders to think through organizational transformation, restructuring, growth plans, business operations and board relations. Resulted in organizational repositioning, staff restructuring and ambitious (and achievable) growth goals.
Transformed SPLC by growing funding base, hiring expert staff and creating systems and structures to modernize and institutionalize 48-year old organization. Introduced and integrated strategies to support rights-based legal shifts which drove culture/operational shift from reactive posture to proactive action. Led values-driven development of SPLC's new adaptive strategic plan and oversaw its implementation. Created policies and procedures to manifest JEDI principles including developing an equity-focused compensation policy.
Led the strategic growth of the Center by creating anchor grant-funded programs and research, conducting more than 50 public events each year focused on innovative and interesting intersections of human rights law. Programs opened new discussions in then-emerging areas focused on Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities (focusing on building capacity of lawyers working on disability as human rights issues and CRPD), Anti-Torture Initiative (supporting the mandate of UN Special Rapporteur Juan Mendez), Business and Human Rights, Human Rights in Legal Services Agencies in the United States, Human Rights Education in Law Schools, and Expanding the Teaching of International Humanitarian Law in US Law Schools. Evaluated programs for impact and adjusted (and sometimes eliminated) programs based on results.
Worked with high level focal points from various line ministries to understand government obligations, compile information, draft and submit State Party reports to UN CERD and UN CEDAW Committees. As part of the process, trained government line ministries and civil society organizations in their overlapping roles and responsibilities in human rights treaty implementation, setting up systems and processes for future collaboration.
As a long time leader and strategic thinker, Hadar is a great thought partner on transforming workplaces and building a values foundation for social justice work. Her experience in the human rights field offers practical applications to advocates and organizers seeking new approaches to systems change. Most importantly, she is deeply committed to equity and inclusion throughout her work and practice, ensuring that diverse voices are reflected in decision-making and that communities lead the priority-setting.
Hadar brings a unique lens to her consulting and capacity-building through decades of human rights leadership and successful organization building. This combined approach centers the human rights of stakeholders and constituents in building organizations that are highly impactful and values driven. Hadar is a true partner, helping her clients to ask the right questions and design solutions that work for them. She is astute, thoughtful, strategic, and passionate. I am excited to recommend Hadar to organizations that value good process and effective outcomes.
With Hadar's leadership and guidance, our nonprofit went from "small and scrappy" to the size we actually needed with solid systems and a vision in place to do our work in the ways we've always dreamed of doing it. She did this by focusing on our organization's greatest asset: it's people. And then, of course, there is that extra piece she brings — an energy and passion and a focus on possibility (rather than limitation) — which can only be described as "Hadar Magic.”
Made with a coalition of partners to raise awareness of the wrongful imprisonment of human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and journalist Bheki Makhubu
Teaching a full room of law students the basics of human rights 101