Elham Youssefian

Elham Youssefian joined IRAP as director of Disability Inclusion and Accessibility in March 2024. Her role is to lead transferring IRAP to a more disability-inclusive and accessible organization both at internal and external levels. Her mission is to promote equal access to safety and protection, and meaningful participation for refugees and other displaced persons with disabilities. 

Elham is a blind human rights lawyer born and raised in Iran. Before joining IRAP, Elham was working with the International Disability Alliance, a global network of organizations of persons with disabilities, as the senior adviser on humanitarian, disaster risk reduction, and climate action. Prior to that, Elham has done extensive research and advocacy on human rights of persons with disabilities in Iran. Back in 2015, she also worked as protection officer with Danish Refugee Council office Iran serving Afghan refugees in the country. 

Elham holds a Master of Human Rights Law from the London School of Economics.