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Jhanisse Vaca-Daza

Freedom Fellowship Manager

Jhanisse Vaca Daza is Activism Outreach Specialist in HRF as well as Manager of the Freedom Fellowship Program. She is co-founder of Bolivian nonviolent citizen movement Ríos de Pie (Spanish for Standing Rivers). She received her B.A. from Kent State University where she studied International Relations and graduated with honors. She subsequently completed the Nonviolent Movement Leadership for Social Progress program at Harvard Kennedy School. Her focus of work is Human Rights and Nonviolent Action. She has received the 2018 Distinguished Honors Alumna Award from Kent State University for her work fostering democracy and teaching nonviolent action as a way of protest in Bolivia. Her previous work includes paralegal experience in immigration defense, as well as Independent Consultant teaching Nonviolence for IDEA International. Jhanisse interned for the Legal Department of the HRF since 2015 and assisted in several cases about authoritarianism in Latin America.