We are a nonprofit organization that promotes, mediates, and facilitates nonviolent movements at local and national levels around the world with the aim to unite and educate people for the common cause of defending human rights and achieving the true meaning of democracy. We aim to empower people to realize their rights; heal past political and social traumas; and assist with mediation and facilitation, by inspiring and engaging activists, communities, and governments

Our Values

  • Change can only come from the bottom up at a local level.

  • To achieve goals, we must have collaborative and interdisciplinary involvement.

  • We embrace the principles of nonviolence.

  • We believe that education is power.


We strive for a world where the true definition of democracy and independence are achieved, where all people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in communities around the world.

Our Programs

Working at the intersection of local nonviolent movements and governments, RI-SE offers the following Programs:


through mass media including social media and soliciting international organizations such as UN, and International NGOs.


We support you organize and/or understand the process of organizing protests.


we offer a wide range of classes for democracy and human rights activists looking to learn more about how to transform civil rights ideas into powerful and peaceful actions.


our conflict resolution experts and practitioners facilitate your negotiations.

Board Members

Hamid Lellou
Hamid LellouFounder & CEO
Ms. Elicia Yoffee
Ms. Elicia YoffeeFinance Director
Christopher Venegas
Christopher Venegas General Secretary
Christopher Venegas attended the University of California San Diego where he received his B.A. in International Relations and a Minor in Human Rights. In addition, he holds an M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution with a concentration in Conflict Sensitive Development and Resilience from George Mason University’s Carter School of Peace and Conflict Resolution. Mr. Venegas has professional experience in academia, non-profit, and government sectors. His current work focuses on Vocational education for youth in Washington D.C.

Our Mission

To build capacity of local movements and community organizations to achieve human rights and democracy goals.