Our Team - UNARC



We support the engagement of organizations around the world in targeted UN processes.

We support the engagement of organizations around the world in targeted UN processes.

Our Team - UNARC Salimah Hankins

Salimah Hankins

Director for the UN Antiracism Coalition (UNARC) where she supports the engagement of organizations around the world, who are working on United Nations accountability for systemic racism and police violence against Africans and people of African Descent. Salimah is also an attorney and former community organizer with over 15 years of experience in the area of civil and human rights. Before this, she served as the Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network (USHRN), a non-governmental organization that facilitates the access of grassroots groups to the United Nations and other international human rights bodies.

In 2020, Salimah led the creation of a virtual healing and story-telling event with the families of Black people killed by police in the United States including Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Amaud Arbery, and others. Also, in 2020, under Salimah’s leadership, USHRN worked with civil society to bring the case of George Floyd’s killing to the United Nations which was a precursor to the creation of a brand new UN mechanism, the Expert Mechanism to Advance Racial Justice and Equality in Law Enforcement (EMLER

Salimah has produced seven annual human rights reports for USHRN and her writing has  been featured in a number of publications including International Journal of Human Rights Education, Poverty & Race, and Social Text (Duke University Press). She began her legal career as an associate at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland, advocating for the rights of low-income communities of color living in Baltimore’s public housing. More recently, she served as Senior Staff Attorney for Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, CA, where she worked with community groups to secure an affordable housing fund worth $75 million as the result of a settlement with Facebook. Her work was featured in The Guardian,Financial Times, and a number of other publications. In 2022, Salimah was invited to speak at the UNESCO Global Forum Against Racism and Discrimination in Mexico City.

Salimah received her undergraduate degree from Northeastern University where she studied International Law and Comparative Politics, and her law degree from Suffolk University Law School, both located in Boston, Massachusetts. She has served as a human rights fellow at the Urban Justice Center, and was selected for the Whitney M. Young fellowship at Columbia University. She is a licensed member of the (legal) bar in California, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C. and has been a certified professional coach and RYT 200 yoga teacher for BIPOC activists.   Originally from New Orleans, Salimah is also a singer/songwriter who will release her debut album in 2023.  

Our Team - UNARC Lamar Bailey

Lamar Bailey

Coalition Coordinator for the UN Antiracism Coalition (UNARC). Afropanamanian activist and educator. She graduated from the Baruch College (City University of New York) and is currently pursuing a Master program in development and cooperation in the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, in Spain. Additionally, she graduated from the Centro de Estudios Afrolatinoamericanos (ALARI) from the Hutchins Center in Harvard University. 

In Panama, she was a member of the Afropanamanian Youth Network and is currently a member of Voices of Afrodescendant Women in Panama (VOMAP) and the Afropanamanian Forum. She participated in a weekly radio show to promote the full inclusion of afropanamanians into the national Panamanian narrative of national identity by highlighting the achievements of the afropanamnian youth. She has worked as a teacher for 5 years in Panama City, teaching History and Human Geography with a focus on Human Rights utilizing the Multiple Intelligences Methodology and an inclusive teaching approach. Lamar is one of the co-directors of the documentary Miss Panama, a short documentary about her mother who was the first black Miss Panama, discussing topics of racism, imperialism, national identity and the importance of community. 

While living in Valencia, Spain, she participated in the creation of the organization Uhuru, which is a grassroot collective fighting against anti-black racism and creating a community of Black, African, Afrodescendant and Afroeuropean people of all ages and origins. Additionally, she is part of the Implementation Team for the Decade of People of African Descent in Spain 2015-2024.

Our Team - UNARC Salma El Hosseiny

Salma El Hosseiny

Programme Manager (Human Rights Council) at ISHR. Salma is part of the UNARC team. She joined ISHR in 2018 and leads ISHR strategic engagement and advocacy at the Human Rights Council including supporting UNARC members. She holds a Masters degree in International Human Rights Law and a Bachelors degree in Political Science from the American University in Cairo. Prior to joining ISHR, Salma worked for international and national human rights organisations in the Middle East and North Africa region. Her work focused on the protection of human rights defenders, civil and political rights and women’s rights.

Nayara Khaly

Nayara Khaly is joining the UN Antiracism Coalition as its Fellow in 2023 from São Paulo, Brasil. She is an International Relations Master’s degree student at the Federal University of ABC (UFABC) and holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from São Paulo State University (UNESP).

Nayara is engaged in Migration Rights academic research and social justice activism through the intersectionalities of gender and race in South America. Previously, she worked with NGOs focused on children and adolescents’ education and as an Afro-Brazilian culture teacher. She has extensive experience working as a parliamentary advisor for the state legislator Erica Malunguinho at the Legislative Assembly of São Paulo, focusing on the development of race, gender, and sexuality policies.

Kerry McLean

UN Advocacy Consultant coordinating the civil society side of the EMLER visit to the United States for UNARC (April 24 to May 5, 2023).

Kerry is an international human rights lawyer and social justice activist. Over the past 17 years, Kerry has lived in Africa, Europe, and Asia, working with local and international organizations on human rights and international development.  

She has engaged in significant U.N. advocacy, including litigation with treaty-monitoring bodies, writing shadow reports concerning compliance with CERD, CEDAW, and CAT, Human Rights Council advocacy, coordinating civil society organizations for UPR reports, and working with U.N. Special Procedures mandate holders. Kerry has worked on litigation at the European Court of Human Rights and has done advocacy at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. She has provided training and delivered lectures on international human rights in the United States and other parts of the world. 

Kerry has served as an election observer in Cambodia, Honduras, Venezuela, El Salvador, and Abkhazia. She has also served as a trial observer in Turkey for trials involving persecuted lawyers and human rights defenders, and she organizes solidarity activities for Turkey with multiple organizations.

She is a member of the Geneva Support Group for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights in Western Sahara, an international advocacy coalition that supports the fight of the Saharawi people for independence and self-determination.

Kerry was a lead organizer of and served as the spokesperson for the International Commission of Inquiry on Systemic Racist Police Violence Against People of African Descent in the United States, which investigated and evaluated cases of police violence. 

Kerry serves as a Co-Chair of the ABA’s International Human Rights Committee and a Vice Chair of the ABA’s Africa Committee. She is a former national board member of the National Lawyers Guild and current Co-Chair of the NLG International Committee. She is the recipient of the Guild’s 2021 Debra Evenson Venceremos International Award for her work “extending justice beyond borders.”

Kerry is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where she received the Jenny Runkles Award for devotion to public interest and was a two-time recipient of the Bates Fellowship for overseas work. She is admitted to practice in New York.

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