Our Mission

About USIDHR

US Institute of Diplomacy and Human Rights (USIDHR) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Washington, DC. Its main purpose is to advance education for all. Through its EduforEveryChild program, USIDHR helps kids at-risk of poverty go to school by supporting their education for an entire year. So far, they have helped hundreds of kids go to school by awarding them the Edu-box  containing school supplies, materials and necessaries to go to school. USIDHR also provides online courses and training on human rights, human trafficking, diplomatic protocol and etiquette, and business consulting. Other programs include Let Her Lead, an initiative aimed at empowering young women through education and training, and Religious Pluralism for promoting religious freedom for all.  

OUR PURPOSE

Advancing Education for All

USIDHR advances education through educational certification programs, dissemination of materials, publication of articles, booklets, eBooks and books, as well as contribute to research in the area of human rights and diplomacy. We provide online certification training on human rights, diplomatic protocol and etiquette courses, business consulting, human trafficking prevention training and others. At the same time, we work on enhancing education on diplomacy and diplomats, acting as a liaison between the diplomatic community, government, and the private sector, and bringing to the forefront the role of diplomats in democratic societies.

our commitment to humanity

Programs & Training

Human Rights Certificate

This 8-module online training is an in-depth human rights course that provides you with the most transparent and revealing training for professional development breaking down everything you need to know to become a human rights consultant and be able to deliver workshops, seminars and classes on human rights education to others.

Human Trafficking Prevention Certificate

Discover the Strategies to Combat Human Trafficking and Become an Anti-Trafficking Consultant. Join the Human Trafficking Prevention Training today and get the knowledge needed to stop standing on the sidelines and deliver your own workshops, seminars and classes on how to spot the signs of human trafficking

Diplomatic Protocol & Etiquette Certificate

This online training is an in-depth diplomatic protocol and etiquette course that provides you with all the industry secrets for making good impressions and presenting yourself as a professional in any career. Additionally, you will be given all the knowledge needed to become a diplomatic protocol consultant and deliver your own workshops, seminars and classes teaching others etiquette.

Business Consulting Certificate

The Business Consultant certificate program is an online step-by-step training teaching you the strategies and techniques you need to start your own consulting business in this growing and thriving industry. Learn all the skills you need to help small businesses grow and help large companies solve problems by becoming a Business Consultant.
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Let Her Lead

Educate girls about the dangers of human trafficking, child marriage, and gender-based violence.
What we do

Religious Pluralism

Working on promoting religious freedom or belief for all through education and advocate for tolerance.

Research Articles

We bring together leading experts to provide high-quality research papers and articles - all in our mission to enhance people’s knowledge of diplomacy and human rights.

Our Founder’s Vision

The US Institute of Diplomacy and Human Rights was founded with the aim of advancing education for all and to provide solutions to enhance the understanding of the concepts of Diplomacy and Human Rights. The organization, however, has grown beyond belief with teams, regional directors, and volunteers across the world. 

Our world-class educational programs have reached millions of people, and even during a year as challenging as 2021, we have been able to train over 5,000 individuals as Human Rights Consultants, who are now teaching others in their communities. Our team of experts continues to conduct research into human rights and diplomatic topics, providing the most up-to-date articles, blogs, and research papers that are accessible and easily digestible.

The true challenge has been and will continue to be, providing for those who cannot afford an education – those vulnerable children who have been robbed of their right to quality education. As a result, we continue to provide new educational courses conducted by experts in their field, publish new research papers and articles, and work within our global community to increase awareness of Human Rights and Diplomatic concerns.

Our

Board of Directors & Team

Isabelle Vladoiu

Isabelle Vladoiu
Founder
BOARD MEMBER

Manuel Oancia

Manuel Oancia
President
BOARD MEMBER

Olivia Flavell

Olivia Flavell
Director of Advocacy
BOARD MEMBER

Vicky Leyva

Vicky Levya
Director of Hispanic Affairs
BOARD MEMBER

Dr. Andrise Bass

Dr. Andrise Bass
Director of Programs & UN Liaison
BOARD MEMBER

Rosa Ayala

Rosa Ayala
Director of Public Affairs
BOARD MEMBER

Dr. Alvaro Leiva Sanchez

Dr. Alvaro Leiva Sanchez
Director of Government Affairs & Human Rights in Latin America
BOARD MEMBER

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Regional Directors

Regional directors serve as Chapter Leader and the chief administrator of their region, representing regional activities of USIDHR in that area. Volunteers should join regional chapters in the specific area where they are located. 

Geoselle Dela Cruz

Geoselle Dela Cruz
Chief Regional Director
Regional Director - Philippines

Soaad Zaki

Soaad Zaki
Regional Director - Egypt

Gerald Volcy

Gerald Volcy
Regional Director - Haiti

Mohamed Ali Dhore

Mohamed Ali Dhore
Regional Director - Horn of Africa

Revin Delawer Omer

Revin Delawer Omer
Regional Director - KRG, Iraq

Osama Muhannad Moh'd Faza

Osama Muhannad Moh'd Faza'
Regional Director - Jordan

Judy Oricho

Judy Oricho
Regional Director - Kenya

Jarvis Bestman

Jarvis Bestman
Regional Director - Liberia

Benson Dennis Sayram

Benson Dennis Sayram
Regional Director - Ghana

Fatima Saba

Fatima Saba
Regional Director - Punjab Region - Pakistan

Muhammad Asad

Muhammad Asad
Regional Director Sindh Region - Pakistan

Geoselle Dela Cruz

Hanan Haidar
Regional Director - Lebanon

Pawel Pietkun

Pawel Pietkun
Regional Director - Poland

Osama Kamal Khalaf Abdelgawad

Osama Kamal Khalaf Abdelgawad
Regional Director - Qatar

Wafa Saeed

Wafa Saeed
Regional Director - Sudan

Ibrahim Abubakar
Regional Director -
Nigeria

Michelle Louise Thompson

Michelle Louise Thompson
Regional Director - Texas-USA

Kazi Tamanna Ferdush
Regional Director -
Bangladesh

Keabetsoe Edith Motebang
Regional Director -
Lesotho

Jesse James Ramcharan
Regional Director -
Trinidad and Tobago

Kibrom Hailu
Regional Director - Ethiopia

2021: A Year in Review

Our Annual Diplomacy and Human Rights Summit is often treated as a review for all we have achieved throughout the year, please enjoy a short video presentation of our work during 2021.

#EduForEveryChild

Through our humanitarian program, EduForEveryChild we manage to provide hundreds of children from around the world with much-needed resources and school supplies to go to school for an entire year and we are on the way to helping many more, establishing partnerships in new countries including: Pakistan, Liberia, Afghanistan, Ghana, Kenya, Romania, and more.

Everyone deserves the right to education and having access to primary education can help those in poverty break free from poverty cycles which can prevent the leaders of tomorrow from accessing their full potential. Find out more about our humanitarian program here.

Donate to help provide educational resources for underprivileged children.

Annual Summit 2021

In November 2021 we presented our Second Annual Summit: The Diplomacy and Human Rights Summit. On November 18th and 19th, we began the two-day event reaching more than 50 thousand on Facebook on day 1, ultimately reaching over 124k page reaches on Facebook over the course of the two days plus thousands other on Youtube.

Boasting over 20 speakers including high-level officials, diplomats, ambassadors, and founders of international non-profits to name a few, from over 15 countries. The event brought together a variety of specialties to create an enticing and unique conversation about some of the most pressing human rights and diplomatic issues of recent years and solutions to move forwards and create a stronger international community.

The event was streamed live on our US Institute of Diplomacy and Human Rights Facebook and Youtube pages. This year’s event was hosted by our Founder, Isabelle Vladoiu, with individual panels being moderated by President, Manuel Oancia, and Senior Research Associate, Olivia Flavell.

 

Day 1

Day 1 centered around Human Rights, touching on Human Rights Education, International Religious Freedom, and Women’s Rights.

Speakers from the Human Rights Education panel included: James Dold, CEO & Founder, Human Rights for Kids; Muhammad Ahmad, Co-founder, Global Peace Chain; Dr. Chaima Amari, Former Advisor to UN Mission in New York; Marice Morales, Attorney, Former Member of House of Delegates Montgomery County.

Speakers from the International Religious Freedom panel included: The Honorable Nadine Maenza, Chair, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF); Greg Mitchell, Co-Chair, International Religious Freedom Roundtable; Simran Singh Stuelpnagel, Co-Chair, IRF Secretariat; Paul Murray, Co-Chair, IRF Secretariat.

Speakers from the Women’s Rights panel included: Nick Papandreou, Author, Economist (GREECE); Judy Oricho, Founder, Awino Love Foundation (KENYA); Lynn Shaw, Founder, Lynn’s Warriors (USA); Dr. Sherlee Small, Founder, Shers Hope Foundation (USA).

Day 2

Day 2 focused on Cultural and Economic Diplomacy with high-level speakers, diplomats, and ambassadors from a number of countries engaging in topics that impact global diplomacy.

Speakers from the Cultural Diplomacy panel included: His Excellency Radovan Javorcik, Ambassador of Slovak Republic to the USA; Mr. Ioseb Jorjoliani, Second Secretary, Embassy of Georgia to the USA; Mr. Spyridon Heracles Aktypis, Third Counselor of the Embassy of Greece; Ms. Sandra Pires, Cultural Attache, Embassy of Portugal to the USA; Mr. Ahmad Toor, Primeminister’s National Youth Council of Pakistan.

Speakers from the Economic Diplomacy panel included: His Excellency Dr. Fernando Llorca Castro, Ambassador of Costa Rica to the USA; Her Excellency Bergdís Ellertsdóttir, Ambassador of Iceland to the USA; Dr. Abdallah Nassereddine, Economic Attaché, Embassy of Lebanon to the USA; Mr. Andrija Djuranovic, Second Secretary, Embassy of Montenegro to the USA; Mr. Brody Sinclair, Trade & Economic Counsellor, Embassy of New Zealand to the USA.

Collaboration with the International Religious Freedom Roundtable

Upholding the right to religious freedom is one of the most important values at USIDHR and as such, we are part of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable, a multi-faith initiative established in Washington, DC that brings together religious leaders, civil society, and the government to discuss issues on religious freedom. The group meets regularly and has implemented similar regional roundtables around the globe, by replicating the successful model. So far, over 26 countries and regions have adopted the model and organized an IRF Roundtable in their area. The President of USIDHR, Manuel Oancia helped bring the project to Eastern Europe, where in 2019 organized the IRF Roundtable in Romania. He is currently working with government representatives and NGOs from Montenegro and Bulgaria to bring the project to these countries. 

USIDHR President Manuel Oancia at IRF Roundtable conference, Romania
USIDHR President Manuel Oancia at IRF Roundtable conference, Romania

Awards and Recognitions

The Peace Award

The coveted Peace Award was bestowed to USIDHR leaders by the Chairman of the Global Peace Chain in 2021 in Istanbul, Turkey at the conclusion of the Global Peace Summit. The award is only given to those who display exceptional commitment and innovation in working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Founder Isabelle Vladoiu and President Manuel Oancia were invited as honored guests and keynote speakers at the Summit to impart their specialized knowledge to delegates from over 70 countries, and subsequently given the award at the end of the conference.

Founder, Isabelle Vladoiu and President, Manuel Oancia accpeting the Peace Award from Founder, Kamran Zafar, and Co-Chair Muhammad Ahmad of Global Peace Chain

Congratulatory letter from Mayor of Washington, DC:

On March 2021, the Mayor of Washington, DC Muriel Bowser congratulated the US Institute of Diplomacy and Human Rights for their work during challenging times such as the COVID19 pandemic, educating more than 800 DC residents and thousands more from the global community.

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Top-rated Non-Profit and Guidestar Seal of Transparency

USIDHR was rated as a top-non profit of 2021 by Great Nonprofits. The award is only given to organizations that receive 5-star reviews and recommendations from the general public for the work undertaken that year. We were recognized for educating thousands of students and providing educational materials to 200 underprivileged children in Pakistan.

The seal was given for showing our community who we are and what we do.

The following awards have been given to our Founder, Ms. Vladoiu for her dedication and work in the Human Rights Field.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Ms. Isabelle Vladoiu received the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of President Biden on August 26, 2022 at the United Nations.  The President’s Lifetime Achievement Award is a coveted recognition bestowed by the President of the United States to honor individuals for their lifelong commitment to building a stronger nation.

The Orquidea Award

The Orquidea Award 2021, from The Canadian Human Rights International Organization (CHIRO) is given to those who are tireless fighters and Human Rights Defenders, who protect the most vulnerable in our society.

The Trillium Award

The Trillium Award 2021, also from The Canadian Human Rights International Organization (CHIRO) is for working as a protector of refugees and vulnerable communities.

The Gaviota Award

The Gaviota Award 2021, from The Collective Human Rights Defender “Laura Acosta” International Organization (COHURIDELA) is for invaluable contributions to the defense and advocacy of Universal Human Rights and to those in need of protection. 

The Feminine Freedom Award

Our Founder, Ms. Isabelle Vladoiu was given the Feminine Freedom Award by the African American Creative Community Series Organization, in partnership with the Norfolk Public Library. The medal recognizes women who are striving, thriving, and breaking infinite glass ceilings as Educators, Community Icons, Activists, Advocates, Entrepreneurs and Unsung SHEROS.

The Orquidea Award, The Trillium Award, and The Gaviota Award given to our Founder, Isabelle Vladoiu
Founder, Isabelle Vladoiu with the Feminine Freedom Award

USIDHR Activities

Global Peace Summit Istanbul, Turkey 2021

The USIDHR Team were invited to the Global Peace Summit in Turkey. Our Founder, Isabelle Vladoiu spoke to young leaders on “Human Rights and Secure Justice”. 

Our President, Manuel Oancia discussed “Economic Catastrophe and the Vulnerability of the Human Situation”.

Embassy Events

Support from our Global Community

Human Rights Consultant, Blaise Hunter, writes about her work and how USIDHR has influenced her to take her career in human rights to new levels. Read the article here.

Human Rights Consultant, Blaise Hunter