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Attorney Oded Feller
Director of Legal Department
Oded is an expert on immigration and status in Israel. He joined ACRI in 2001 and worked for many years on the violation of human rights by the Population and Immigration Authority in the Ministry of the Interior. Oded holds an LL.B. degree from Tel Aviv University.
From 2004 - 2010, Oded served as a member of the board of directors of the Hotline for Migrant Workers (now the Hotline for Refugees and Immigrants). From 2011 - 2013 he served as a member of the board of directors of the Israel Children's Association. Since 2010, Oded has led the Human Rights Clinic at the College of Management Academic Studies School of Law. He is the winner of the "Honorable Human Rights Defenders" Award for 2012/2013 by the Emil Zola Chair for Human Rights.
Attorney Raghad Jaraisy
Unit Director - Arab Minority Rights
Raghad has been the Director of the Arab Minority Rights Unit since November 2015. She joined ACRI as an attorney in 2010, focusing for several years on rights violations by the Israeli authorities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and in particular on the rights of Palestinians in the occupied territories to demonstrate and the rights of Palestinian minors in military courts.
In March 2015, she joined the Arab Minority Rights Unit, and has since worked particularly on promoting equality in housing and equal access to education and public services for Israel’s Arab citizens. She became the unit's director in November of 2015.
Before joining ACRI, Raghad completed her legal internship at the Criminal Prosecutor’s Office in the Tel Aviv District. She holds an L.L.B and a B.A in Cognitive Science from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and a Masters in Public Law (LL.M) with distinction from Tel Aviv University and Northwestern University.
Attorney Sana Ibn Bari
Rights of the Negev Bedouin
Sana Ibn Bari joined ACRI’s Arab Minority Rights Unit in November 2014, and is responsible for the rights of the Naqab- Negev Arab Bedouin in the Unit. Before joining ACRI, Sana taught at the legal feminism clinic at Haifa University, where she also obtained her Master’s in Law in 2013.
Sana has extensive experience advancing the rights of the Negev Bedouin community as well as the rights of women in the International sphere. Sana has participated in several delegations to the U.N., representing the Negev Arab Bedouin community in multiple United Nations forums, such as the U.N. Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues and the U.N. Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women. Additionally, in 2013 she participated in a conference at the European Parliament dealing with the Prawer Begin Plan. Sana's main fields of work focus primarily on the specific problems confronting the Naqab-Negev, as well as on women’s issues within the Arab Bedouin community.
Attorney Gil Gan-Mor
Unit Director - Social Rights and Equality
Gil received his LL.M. in International Human Rights Law from American University in Washington DC in 2007, and holds an LL.B. from Tel Aviv University.
Gil completed a legal internship at ACRI in 2004 in the framework of the New Israel Fund’s Civil Liberties Law Fellowship Program, and later joined ACRI in 2007. In the interim, he spent two years as an attorney at HaMoked: Center for the Defense of the Individual, where he provided legal assistance to Palestinian residents of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He has served on a voluntary basis as the Legal Advisor to the Israeli LGBT Association, and as the director of an online legal forum set up by the Youth Pride organization.
Upon his return to ACRI in 2007, Gil developed the "Right to Housing" Department, which deals with public housing, housing discrimination, and affordable housing. In addition, Gil represented Negev Bedouins in their struggle for recognition, equality, and access to education and medical services. In 2009 Gil joined with other organizations to found a coalition to promote affordable housing in Israel.
As of 2015, Gil also became the unit director for social and economic rights at ACRI, a position through which he promotes, among others, the right to health, the right to equality, and the right to equal access to health services between big cities and the periphery. Gil also deals with issues of discrimination in public services and the eradication of racism.
Attorney Maskit Bendel
Director of the Right to Live in Dignity Program
Maskit joined ACRI in 2009 as a legal intern and later served as a staff attorney focusing on human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. She currently focuses on social and economic rights, and particularly on the right to live in dignity.
Maskit began her career in the human rights world as a volunteer in the Clinic for Migrant Workers of Physicians for Human Rights in Israel. Consequently, she went on to serve as Director of Projects in the Occupied Territories for Physicians for Human Rights.
Maskit holds a degree in textile design and marketing from the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, and an L.L.B from the College of Management Academic Studies.
Attorney Avner Pinchuk
Unit Director - Civil and Political Rights, Chief Operating Officer
Avner joined ACRI in 2002 and focuses on issues relating to freedom of expression, freedom of association and the right to privacy. He became director of the Civil and Political Rights unit in 2015.
He practiced civil law for nine years at a private law firm before joining ACRI’s legal department in 2002. Avner received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Psychology from the Tel Aviv University, and holds an LL.B. (Magna Cum Laude) and an LL.M. in Society, Politics, and Law from Tel Aviv University, as well.
Avner was appointed by the Minister of Justice as a member of the Public Council for the Protection of Privacy.
Attorney Tal Hassin
Tal joined the ACRI team in 2010 as the Director of the Public Hotline, which she directed for seven years, and is now a lawyer in the Civil and Political Rights Unit.
Tal completed her second degree in Law at Tel Aviv University. Her thesis, which combines qualitative and quantitative methodology, explores the role that Juvenile Courts play in decisions about placement of children outside the home. In the past, Tal worked as an editor and reporter for Haaretz.
Attorney Anne Suciu
Anne joined ACRI in 2010 as a legal intern, later joining the team as an attorney in the Human Rights Project in East Jerusalem and then in the Department of Civil and Political Rights. Before joining ACRI, Anne worked for five years at Kav La’Oved (an Israeli NGO that protects workers’ rights) as the Volunteers Coordinator and Project Director of the Migrant Caregivers Department. Anne holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the Hebrew University and an L.L.B. from Tel Aviv University.
Attorney Abir Joubran Dakwar
Unit Director - Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
Abir holds a B.A. in Law and Economics from the University of Haifa (2005) and an LL.M. from the American University in Washington, D.C. (2010), which she attended through the New Israel Fund Law Fellowship. During her studies at the American University, Abir won four prizes from the University: two for her exceptional academic achievements, one for her commitment to study international law and her contribution to the program, and one for her social leadership.
Abir was certified as a lawyer in 2006, after her internship at the organization “Adalah.” From 2006-2009, Abir worked at “HaMoked,” where she represented Palestinians from the occupied territories whose rights had been violated by the Israeli authorities. A short time after she started her work at “HaMoked” she was promoted to director of the legal team.
From 2010-2012, Abir, through the New Israel Fund Law Fellowship, worked at the organization “Bizchut – the Israel Human Rights Center for People with Disabilities,” and took part in a project to advance the rights of all disabled residents in East Jerusalem.
From 2013 to August of 2018, Abir returned to work at “HaMoked,” where she was partner in the design, management, and advancement of many projects in the organization. Among them were projects dealing with freedom of movement for those living in the occupied territories, the arresting of Palestinian minors in the occupied territories, revoking residency of East Jerusalemites, punitive housing demolitions, and advancing socioeconomic rights for East Jerusalemites and their spouses waiting for family reunification in Israel.
Abir joined ACRI in 2018 as the director of the Human Rights in the Occupied Territories Unit.
Attorney Roni Pelli
Roni joined ACRI in 2013 as a legal intern. Roni returned to ACRI in August 2015 as an attorney in the Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories Department.
Roni began working in the human rights field in 2002, at the Centre for the Defence of the Individual (Hamoked) and later in the research department of Yesh Din: Volunteers for Human Rights. She subsequently worked at International Human Rights lawyer Michael Sfard's Office, focusing on human rights law.
Roni is currently a board member at Akevot: The Research Institute for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She has a B.A. in East Asian Studies from the Hebrew University, and a Law degree from the College of Law and Business in Ramat Gan.