Husain Abdulla, MA | Executive Director
Husain Abdulla, originally from Bahrain, is the founder and Executive Director of Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain. As Executive Director, Husain leads the organization’s efforts to ensure that US policies support the democracy and human rights movement in Bahrain. Husain also works closely with members of the Bahraini-American community to ensure that their voices are heard by US government officials and the broader American public.
Husain holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of West Florida and a BA in Political Science and Mathematics from the University of South Alabama.
Michael B. Payne | Director of Advocacy
Michael leads ADHRB’s advocacy efforts, develops new initiatives, and serves as the primary liaison with the international and Washington-based policy communities to advance support for democracy and human rights in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and other GCC States. Michael directs ADHRB’s advocacy to the US Government, Congress, and the United Nations where he advocates directly to US policy makers, foreign governments, and international institutions. Michael has represented ADHRB at public events, and before national and international media outlets.
Before joining ADHRB, Michael worked in the D.C. NGO community and at United States Senate. Michael received his BA with honors in International Relations from Knox College with a focus on developing political movements in the Middle East. Michael has conducted research and programmatic work for two Egyptian NGOs, the Ibn Khaldun Center for Democracy Development and the Egyptian Democratic Academy, while simultaneously completing a year of intensive Arabic language study at the American University in Cairo. Michael has traveled extensively in the MENA region including Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Lebanon, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates.
Sam Jones, MA | Research Associate
Sam provides research support for ADHRB’s advocacy programs and helps to implement new projects by analyzing emerging human rights issues in Bahrain and the Arab Gulf. In this role, he coordinates with the organization’s international activist network to oversee the production of targeted advocacy materials including policy briefs for distribution to government officials and technical submissions for United Nations bodies. Sam also works with the advocacy team to liaise with the press and engage with key stakeholders in the United States Government and the United Nations.
Sam received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy & Government from Franklin & Marshall College, with a concentration in political theory. He received his MA in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs at American University’s School of International Service, where he focused on human rights, conflict analysis, and international social justice. His capstone work included a collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund to produce original analysis of best practices for combating illicit wildlife trafficking, and original research in applied political theory tracing the development of state violence perpetrated by Iraq’s Ba’ath regime under Saddam Hussein.
Tyler Pry, MA | Advocacy Associate
Tyler leads ADHRB’s research and advocacy work on human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia and provides support to the organization’s broader programs. Tyler is a graduate of the London School of Economics where he received his Master’s degree in International Relations. He focused on the Middle East and the relationship between the state, power, and violence. Through his studies, he gained an interest in human rights. He hopes to pursue this interest by gaining further experience and continuing work on human rights and the issues of politics and violence relating to the Middle East.
Bridget Quitter, JD, LL.M | Legal Fellow
Bridget received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Louisville and a Juris Doctor from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. She recently completed a Latin Magister Legum (Master of Laws) in International Human Rights Law at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, where she focused on women’s rights and gender under international law, as well as International Humanitarian Law.
Before joining the ADHRB team in November 2017, Bridget worked with United Nations institutions in Vienna and New York, including the United Nations Register of Damages Caused by the Construction of the Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (UNRoD) and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). She is a licensed attorney in the state of Ohio.
Annabel Bassil, MA | Legal Fellow
Annabel received a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Universite Saint-Louis in Belgium. She recently obtained with honors her Master’s degree in European Law with a focus on international law from Universite Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, including an enriching exchange at Universita degli Studi di Bologna in Italy. In the future, she hopes to deepen her knowledge in international law and international development.
Monica Zuraw | Advocacy Fellow
Monica received a Bachelors Degree from Brown University in International Relations with a focus on the Middle East region and human rights. She is particularly passionate about women’s and prisoner’s rights, and has completed in-depth research on honor-based violence and tortured confessions. During her fellowship Monica hopes to gain further experience in human rights advocacy.
Laura Neumayer | Advocacy Fellow
Laura is a recent graduate of American University, where she received a B.A. in International Relations focusing in Development and Identity, Race, Gender & Culture. Throughout her tenure at university, Laura discovered a passion for research and was published by Vanderbilt University’s Journal of International Affairs for her research on the intersection of gender bias and informalization in education policy in Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to her time at ADHRB, she worked at the Arab American Institute in D.C. and worked abroad to end gender-based violence with the Center for Rights Education and Awareness located in Nairobi. Her passion for human rights and identity politics led her to ADHRB, where she hopes to deepen her knowledge on human rights in the Gulf region and her advocacy experience through her fellowship.