Ekaterina Porras Sivolobova
Founder & Executive Director
Ekaterina was inspired to create Project 189 upon seeing an urgent need to improve the conditions of migrant works. Project 189 reflects her vision to have a space that actively advocates and empowers individuals and groups through initiatives that bring knowledge, a strong voice and a platform for transformation; in addition, to developing key forums for civil society and government officials to engage in dialogues to promote legal reforms and social change. She has considerable experience in working in the area of human rights, particularly related to labor, gender, refugees, human rights and business and transitional justice in South East Asia, South America and the Middle East. She has written various articles on human rights, published by JURIST and the International Labour Organization and co-wrote a book on jurisprudence on gender violence published by the Centre for Justice and International Law. Ekaterina has a Master in Science from the University of Applied Science Trier in Germany and a Master in Science on International Cooperation Policy from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan.
Director of Programs – Oman and Kuwait
Sari Heidenreich joined Project 189 after supporting anti-modern slavery work from afar for many years. In college, she volunteered with a campus organization that raised funds for anti-human trafficking organizations and, in her time working in interfaith peacebuilding she educated on the topic whenever possible. After five years as the North American Regional Coordinator for the United Religions Initiative, Sari moved to Kuwait, where she now uses her skills in program design, administration, and relationship development to support Project 189’s work in Kuwait and Oman.
Natalia Porras Sivolobova
Global Human Rights Initiative Strategists/ Researcher and Writer in International Human Rights Advocacy
Natalia oversees the global initiatives for Project 189. She seeks to contribute to the promotion of human rights in a way that surpasses borders, that is with a global perspective which consists of pushing the interest and understanding of human rights conditions attached not to one nation or one region, but bringing knowledge that encourages an international call to action. Within Project 189, Natalia contributes in the necessary research and planning that allows the initiatives to happen, and through her writing she seeks to contribute in challenging readers to rethink pre-existing stereotypes, such as those of the Middle East and indigenous populations in Latin America, among others. Natalia is a Political Science major of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Art and social change specialist/ Art project coordinator / Empowerment Advocacy Officer
Roxanne advocates for social change and sustainability through education initiatives and the arts. As an educator and photographer in Kuwait, Roxannes’ efforts is to empower marginalized communities by mobilising fellow educators, artists, and community activists to lead the movement towards a more equitable society. Her interest in human rights and education began while teaching for an immigrant shelter in Texas, and developed further in South America where she established and managed a language school. Roxanne received her Master’s certification in International Baccalaureate education, and continues her experience in education and curriculum development here in Kuwait as a learning support teacher and organizer of her school’s sustainability program. After examining the need for social change in the Middle East, Roxanne seeks to promote awareness and accountability; social inclusion and an empowered lifestyle. She believes an inclusive society can be achieved with the combined efforts of educators and the community at large.