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Monika Mazur-Rafał


Work is her passion. She constantly tries to blaze new trails. She loves cross-sectoral and intergenerational activities that strengthen human rights and involve working with people who “want to want”. She’s an advocate of combining human rights education with historical education – experience shows that this approach works. She wants theory to be put into practice.

Since 2005, Monika has been involved in the development of the international Humanity in Action network, which led to the establishment of the Humanity in Action Poland Foundation, where she currently heads as its President of the Management Board and Managing Director. She initiates, creates and helps to carry out educational and activist projects in the framework of the foundation’s activities. She has many years of experience as a trainer, tutor and mentor in Poland and abroad. She gains immense satisfaction from the opportunity to give substantive support to activists in their social actions and to motivate them to take up challenges for social change.

She is the author of various publications and strategies for action at the interface between human rights and history. She is a graduate of the Institute of International Relations from the University of Warsaw and holds a Masters of European Integration from the joint program of the Warsaw School of Economics and Sciences Politiques Paris. She held a scholarship while at the Free University of Berlin and the Humboldt University in Berlin, and she also interned in the German Bundestag. Monika was an expert in the European program and created the migration program at the Center for International Relations. She was the secretary of the Polish-German Forum and also ran the anti-Human Trafficking project at the Warsaw office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Within the IOM research unit – Central European Migration Research Forum – worked on the migration policy of Poland and Germany and the anti-discrimination policy of Poland.

From 2005 to 2007, Monika was involved in researching Polish compliance under European Union directives regarding combating discrimination based on ethnic and racial origin, religion or belief, age, disability and sexual orientation. At the same time, she also acted as a national expert for the European network, financed by the European Commission, in the field of counteracting discrimination. Want to reach out to Monika Mazur-Rafał? Feel free to e-mail us. 

Updated July 2019