About Us

Witness Change is a non-profit organisation that exists to end human rights violations for marginalised communities through visual storytelling.

We believe in amplifying the voices of survivors of oppression to humanise the abuse they endure. We collaborate with experts and advocates to transform opinions, open minds and change policies.

The people behind Witness Change come from a wide variety of backgrounds and locales, but they all believe that change is possible.
They are:

RobinHammond
Robin Hammond
President & Founder
ROBIN BELIEVES STORIES HAVE THE POWER TO BREAK DOWN THE BARRIERS THAT DIVIDE US. IF WE BECOME ENGAGED WITNESSES, WE WILL CARE, AND IF WE CARE ENOUGH, WE WILL ACT, AND IF WE ACT TOGETHER, WE WILL SEE: CHANGE REALLY IS POSSIBLE.

Robin has dedicated his career to documenting human rights and development issues through long-term photographic projects, including the impact of climate change on Pacific Island communities, the use of rape as a weapon of war in Bosnia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the poisoning of ecosystems by multinational companies in developing countries.

Robin has won numerous awards for his work, including four Amnesty International Awards for Human Rights journalism and the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award for his work on life in Zimbabwe under the rule of Robert Mugabe. This work culminated in a book, exhibitions in various countries, and a series in National Geographic Magazine.

For his work on mental health in African countries in crisis, Robin has won numerous awards, including the W. Eugene Smith Fund for Humanistic Photography, a World Press Photo prize, the Pictures of the Year International World Understanding Award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. He also won the FotoEvidence Book Award for Documenting Social Injustice, which allowed him to publish Condemned. This work has also been exhibited across the globe.

Leigh-Ann-Webster
LEIGH ANN WEBSTER
Head of Legal & Board Secretary
LEIGH ANN BELIEVES THAT BY APPEALING TO THE HUMANITY THAT’S WITHIN ALL OF US, WE CAN OPEN MINDS AND EFFECT CHANGE.

Leigh Ann Webster is an attorney in Atlanta, Georgia. Leigh Ann grew up in rural Georgia before obtaining her Bachelor of Arts from Emory University.

After graduating from Emory, she attended Harvard Law School.  While in law school, Leigh Ann worked with various organizations, including the South African Human Rights Commission, PASSOP, and the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic.

After graduation, Leigh Ann completed a fellowship with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Immigrant Justice Project.  She subsequently worked as a Staff Attorney at the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.  She is the co-owner of Strickland Webster, LLC, a criminal, immigration, and appellate law firm.

Rebecca-Kling
REBECCA KLING
LGBTQI+ Special Advisor
REBECCA BELIEVES THAT SHARING OUR STORIES WITH A WIDE AUDIENCE IS A FORM OF ACTIVISM, AND THAT UNDERSTANDING COMBATS BIGOTRY

Rebecca Kling is an advocate, organizer, and artist in Washington, D.C., where she serves as Community Storytelling Advocate with the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE).

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Rebecca received her undergraduate degree in Performance Studies at Northwestern University. Before joining NCTE in 2016, she toured solo performances and educational workshops about transgender identity to colleges, universities, and theater festivals around the United States.

Rebecca has received recognition as an honoree in the inaugural Trans 100, a list celebrating excellence in the transgender community, as well as being named one of the Guild Literary Complex’s 25 Writers to Watch. Her work has appeared in Jezebel, The Guardian, and in her book No Gender Left Behind.

Matt-Cameron
MATT CAMERON
Operations Manager
MATT IS A HUMANIST WHO BELIEVES THAT CONNECTION THROUGH UNDERSTANDING IS CRITICAL TO ENABLING ALL COMMUNITIES TO EXIST HARMONIOUSLY.

Matt Cameron is a business development professional who’s passion for creating opportunity has brought him to live and work in three continents. With business and philanthropic interests spanning the globe, he seeks to build bridges of common understanding across cultures in order to create mutual value.

Professionally, Matt has worked for innovation pioneers such as Salesforce.com and Hewlett-Packard and endeavors to apply these learnings to the not-for-profit sector. His contribution to Witness Change is to ensure that we fulfill our potential for change by applying commercial discipline to the execution of our mission.

Currently residing in North America, Matt is a firm believer in global citizenship.

Kaley-Sweeney
KALEY SWEENEY
Program Director
KALEY BELIEVES IN THE POWER OF STORYTELLING AND PERSONAL DIALOGUE TO FACILITATE EMPATHY, BREAK DOWN BARRIERS OF ‘THE OTHER’, AND CONTRIBUTE TO A MORE EQUAL AND JUST SOCIETY.

Kaley Sweeney is a digital media and photography consultant whose work aims to bring about positive social change through visual storytelling.

With a background in journalism and human rights organization management, she believes photography is the ideal medium in our digital age to clearly convey crucial human rights issues and open conversation for social change.

In addition to facilitating public and private exhibitions and photography events around the world, she has overseen operations and grants for a grassroots non-profit organization. Kaley received her Bachelor’s from Boston University and is currently completing her Masters at Harvard, focusing on digital media’s effects on human rights awareness and advocacy.

Rebecca-Kling
REBECCA KLING
LGBTQI+ Special Advisor
REBECCA BELIEVES THAT SHARING OUR STORIES WITH A WIDE AUDIENCE IS A FORM OF ACTIVISM, AND THAT UNDERSTANDING COMBATS BIGOTRY

Rebecca Kling is an advocate, organizer, and artist in Washington, D.C., where she serves as Community Storytelling Advocate with the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE).

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Rebecca received her undergraduate degree in Performance Studies at Northwestern University. Before joining NCTE in 2016, she toured solo performances and educational workshops about transgender identity to colleges, universities, and theater festivals around the United States.

Rebecca has received recognition as an honoree in the inaugural Trans 100, a list celebrating excellence in the transgender community, as well as being named one of the Guild Literary Complex’s 25 Writers to Watch. Her work has appeared in Jezebel, The Guardian, and in her book No Gender Left Behind.

Braam
ABRAM (“BRAAM”) HANEKOM
Program Advisor
BRAAM BELIEVES THAT IN OUR SHORT TIME ON EARTH WE NEED TO USE OUR TALENTS AND OUR INFLUENCE TO ENSURE THAT WE LEAVE BEHIND A BETTER PLACE FOR OUR CHILDREN.

Braam Hanekom, a Zimbabwean-born South African activist, is the director of PASSOP, a South African immigrants’ rights organization.

He was raised in Zimbabwe before he moved to Cape Town, where he founded PASSOP in 2007.  During 2008 and 2009, PASSOP was instrumental in exposing the crisis at refugee centers in South Africa.

In 2009, with funding from OXFAM, he completed a postgraduate diploma in Humanitarian Assistance from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Despite his insistence that he is not a “traditional academic,” he has been published in the University of Pennsylvania Law School Journal for Human Rights.

He was awarded the 2008 Inyathelo Philanthropy in Youth Award, and in 2009, he was elected to Cape Town TV’s board.  He has spoken at several universities around the world and is recognized as an expert in his field. South African newspaper The Mail and Guardian chose Braam as one of the 200 Young South Africans of 2010.  Braam previously worked for the Food Allied Workers Union (“FAWU”) as a national coordinator organizing farm workers.

Samantha-Lee-Ming-Chiu
SAMANTHA LEE-MING CHIU
Head of Research
SAMANTHA BELIEVES IN THE POWER OF DATA TO STRENGTHEN THE VOICES OF AT-RISK COMMUNITIES. STATISTICS CAN BE THE QUANTITATIVE CATALYST FOR CHANGE.

Samantha is a data analyst in Washington, D.C. specializing in quantitative survey research and data collection in hard-to-reach populations. She has designed and managed fieldwork operations in post-conflict, crisis, and war zones around the world. More recently, she has worked in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Haiti, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

Her past projects include leading public opinion surveys for D3 System’s Women in Muslim Countries Project; and, launching leadership programs for women – including, Women Who Code in Accra, Ghana. Samantha’s past clients include USAID, Counterpart International, World Bank, U.S. State Department, Department of Defense, and the U.S. Air Force. She is also a Project Coordinator for Statistics Without Borders.

AshleighFerris
REBECCA KLING
LGBTQI+ Special Advisor
REBECCA BELIEVES THAT SHARING OUR STORIES WITH A WIDE AUDIENCE IS A FORM OF ACTIVISM, AND THAT UNDERSTANDING COMBATS BIGOTRY

Ashleigh Ferris is an attorney practicing law in Washington, DC.

Ashleigh is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she participated in a number of activities, including serving as a member in HLS Advocates for Human Rights, assisting asylum seekers in the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic, interning for the HIV/AIDS unit of Lawyer’s Collective, New Delhi, and researching the implementation of domestic violence legislation on the ground in South African prisons.

Since graduation, Ashleigh has served in a variety of different legal roles, including as a fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Immigrant Justice Project and as an associate at an international law firm.

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