Meet Your Defender: Interview with Svitlana Valko

Svitlana Valko, is a human rights defender, a field monitor, director of the Truth Hounds Georgia Office, and a human rights coach – in other words, a superwoman in the human rights universe.

Svitlana tells about her work and the work of her teams in Ukraine and Georgia. She also shares her inspirations and motivations for her human rights work and her coping strategies in times of hardship or doubt.

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There is a story behind every report, every advocacy event and every case at a human rights court. IPHR launched “Meet your defender” campaign to bring you personal stories of human rights defenders from post-soviet space.

To learn more visit “Meet your defender” campaign’s page.