Kenyi Yasin Abdallah

Senior Human Rights Fellow (South Sudan)

Kenyi is located at USHRN headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and joins the Communication, Research, and Evaluation Team to provide critical support around USHRN’s annual human rights support, and membership engagement around CERD reporting. He helps to develop USHRN’s reconciliation processes to build a stronger coordinated movement in the US to advance human rights, and support USHRN national member engagement with UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty. He is a lawyer with a Bachelors of Law Degree from University of Juba, South Sudan, and works to defend victims of human rights violations through legal representation, advocacy, and capacity building and he is a committed member of Rotary Club of Munuki and was awarded a Community Service Award by Interact Club of Juba Diocesan Model Secondary School in Juba and Greater Equatoria Students Association in Egypt. 

My inspirations for doing this work are my father Abdallah Kenyi, Wani Mathias, Amelia Lantz, an American who worked in Cairo and used her resources to help South Sudanese student and pupils in Egypt. Steven Biko has inspired me a lot to fight for the rights of the oppressed against the oppressors, as a human rights defender in a transition democracy. Mr. Abdallah will represent USHRN in international spaces connected to the Decade of people of African Descent.