Hadil Al-Mowafak joined Yemen Policy as a Research Fellow in 2020. Born and raised in Yemen, she spent most of her adolescence advocating for children’s rights as a member of the Children Parliament. In 2011, Hadil joined with thousands in the streets of Sana’a to demand peaceful change. The Yemeni peaceful revolution marked a pivotal moment in her life, in that it deepened her commitment to social justice and solidified her understanding of structural issues plaguing her country. She also engaged with political street art campaigns as a continuation of her activism after the revolution. Soon after the outbreak of war in Yemen, Hadil joined Mwatana Organization as a researcher of human rights violations for a year and a half, documenting cases of civilian casualties, child soldiers, extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detention, and restrictions on journalistic freedoms.
She moved to the US in 2016 to attend Stanford University where she focused her studies on international relations, law, human rights, and data science. During her first year in the US, Hadil became a lead plaintiff in the ACLU’s lawsuit challenging Trump’s travel Ban, Al-Mowafak v. Trump. She continued her work on human rights as an intern with Human Rights Watch, and later as an intern with Responsible Sourcing Network fighting forced labor and other forms of exploitation at the base of global supply chains.
Hadil holds a B.A in political science from Stanford University (2020). She is currently based in California, USA.