Roozbeh Mirebrahimi is Executive Director of Non-Stop Media, Inc. He is a journalist who has served as a reporter, analyst, political editor, social editor, editor-in-chief and writer for multiple print and online publications in Iran and the United States. As an analyst and Iranian expert, he has often been quoted or featured by New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Voice of America and other media sources.
Mr. Mirebrahimi’s journalistic and human rights efforts have led to prizes and fellowships including the Human Rights Watch Hellman/Hammett International Prize (2006), the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism’s first International Journalist in Residence (2007-2008), the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University’s Visiting Scholar (2010-2011). He has also lectured or participated in panel discussions about media and human rights issues in Iran at such universities as Princeton, George Washington and Columbia. Mr. Mirebrahimi is in his 8th year as editor-in-chief of Iran dar Jahan, an online publication translating uncensored international news sources to Farsi. He has also written several books about Iran and his experiences as a censored, imprisoned and exiled journalist.
In June 2014, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights opened in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Mirebrahimi is featured in the exhibition named “Who Is Like Me”: The Human Rights Movement. He delivers a video statement on his experience as an Iranian blogger.
Solmaz Sharif is Deputy Director of Non-Stop Media, Inc. During the past 15 years, she has written for various newspapers and online publications in Iran and the United States – including CNN, Huffington Post and Washington Post. She was an on-air anchor for the Persian BBC TV Channel and production assistant intern at CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360. Currently, she is United Nations and New York correspondent for Voice of America Persian. She is also the New York region captain of the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS).
Ms. Sharif founded and served as the editor-in-chief of the first Iranian women’s sports magazine named “Shirzanan” and co-founder of Shirzanan Global Edition. Sharif is a member of the Women Deliver Advisory Council planning a symposium on sports and health to coincide with the 2015 World Cup in Canada.
Laura Secor is an independent journalist who has spent nearly a decade researching and writing about Iran. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, New Republic, and other publications. Ms. Secor studied philosophy at Brown University, and has been a fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library (2008-2009); a staff editor of the New York Times op-ed page; a reporter for the Boston Globe; acting executive editor of the American Prospect; and a senior editor and writer for Lingua Franca. In 2009, she was a Holtzbrinck Fellow at the American Academy.
Etelle Higonnet is a member of Non-Stop Media’s Board of Directors. Since 2012, Ms. Higonnet has been working with Greenpeace on a range of environmental issues, as well as serving as Legal Advisor to an NGO in Phnom Penh called Equitable Cambodia; serving on the board of several organizations; and contributing expert affidavits in numerous asylum cases. Prior to Greenpeace, she served as Amnesty International West Africa researcher. Before Amnesty, Ms. Higonnet worked as Analysis Director in Iraq with the Iraq History Project of the International Human Rights Law Institute, a large scale human rights documentation initiative which has already gathered over 7,000 testimonies from victims of rights violations around the country.
Before moving to Iraq, she served as a consultant to Unicef in New York, and simultaneously produced a documentary film on sexual violence in Côte d’Ivoire. From 2006 to 2007, Ms. Higonnet spent her fellowship year in and around Côte d’Ivoire, documenting sexual violence in the current civil war with Human Rights Watch. She investigated patterns of sexual violence in Côte d’Ivoire, including rebel and government-held territories, as well as throughout Liberia, Mali, and Burkina Faso. Her research on this was published in “My Heart is Cut”: Sexual Violence by Rebels and Pro-Government Forces in Côte d’Ivoire.
Ms. Higonnet graduated from Yale University in 2000 and Yale Law School in 2005. While at the Law School, she worked on the Yale Journal of International Law and the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, organized numerous talks on international human rights issues, and represented individuals seeking asylum in the United States in the Immigration Clinic. During law school, she worked for the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, the Royal Cambodian Government Task Force for the Extraordinary Chambers, and the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Ms. Higonnet worked as a summer associate in the New York and Paris offices of Sullivan & Cromwell.
Ms. Higonnet is fluent in the French and English languages. She is proficient in Spanish, German, Italian, Arabic, Central Khmer, Portuguese and Wolof.