Adv. Raffoul Rofa holds a Master’s degree in Law (LL.M., 1996) from the University of London, United Kingdom. He was admitted to the Israeli Bar in 2003 and as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2007. Adv. Rofa has been a board member of the World Vision Jerusalem, West Bank Gaza office since 2008 and its chair since 2009. He joined the world vision Board of Directors because he was interested in contributing to the work of an organization which works for the benefit of children and seeks to improve their lives. He has been the director of the Society of St. Yves since 2008.
Adv. Haitham Al-Khateeb holds a Bachelor Degree in Law (LL.B.) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He was admitted to the Israeli Bar Association in 2002 and has worked in several private law practices and human rights organizations ever since. He specialized in human rights law and defending the rights of Palestinians in the occupied territories especially in occupied East Jerusalem. Among the most notable cases he worked on was retrieving the corpses of Palestinians which the Israeli government withheld for years. He further worked on cases related to housing issues, structure demolitions in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, Jerusalem residency and countering Israel’s discriminatory forced displacement policies.
Adv. Ramzi Backleh holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the Beirut Arab University (1994). He was admitted to the Palestinian Bar Association in 1996 and has worked in his private law practice on compensation cases, land laws, traffic accidents, personal status law and human rights issues. He works as a legal advisor for the Society of St. Yves and the Latin Patriarchate.
Adv. Reem Dandis holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LL.B.) and a Master’s Degree in Law (LL.M.) from Al-Quds University. She interned in a private legal office specialized in land law as well as planning and construction laws. She was admitted to the Israeli Bar in 2012 and She worked in several legal offices . She currently works for the Society of St. Yves on house demolition cases as well as beneficiary intake.
Advocate Zvi Avni holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LL.B.) and a Master’s Degree in Arabic Literature from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He interned in a legal office specializing in compensations after which he worked for a private law firm and a human rights NGO that provides legal aid for Palestinians. He volunteered in several local human rights NGOs. Zvi is currently in charge of the Cremisan Valley case, a high profile case in which the Society of St. Yves is litigating against building a section of the separation wall near Beit Jala.
Adv. Qumsieh Tawil holds a Master’s Degree in Public International Law (L.L.M, 2009), and International Administration (MA, 2010), from the University of Paris 1- Pantheon – Sorbonne, Paris, France, and holds her Bachelor degree in Law from Birzeit University, Palestine. Prior to joining St. Yves in March 2014 she worked as a legal consultant and an associate attorney-at-law in a private law firm in Ramallah, and also advised to EU funded projects, while instructing administrative law at Birzeit University. She specialized in public international law and international administration, administrative law, constitutional law, human rights advocacy, justice reform, and the law and policy of international trade law, mainly organizing the accession of Palestine in the WTO. Besides her responsibility as head of advocacy, Mrs. Tawil is also responsible for the administrative management of St. Yves office in Bethlehem.
Mr. Ameer Baboun holds a Bachelor degree in biology and medical technology from Bethlehem University (2009). He started working in the field in 2010 in the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem – ARIJ where he worked for two years as a field officer and research assistant in the Monitoring and Urbanization Unit. He joined the Society of St. Yves in 2012 as a field officer and is involved in data collection and conducting surveys and studies in support of cases St. Yves handles including the recent Khashm Al Karim Bedouin Community Planning case.
Mrs. Janet Rofa worked in the National Insurance Institution for 14 years during which she gained experience in the National Insurance Laws and system. Out of the 14 years, she was head of the disability department for 10 years. She took several courses in which she learned and specialized in the national insurance laws. She also worked for 2.5 years in the Jerusalem Municipality in the East Jerusalem Properties department and in the Businesses Licensing Department.
Mrs. Zumot holds a diplomat in Office Administration from “Lady Davis” College in Jerusalem. She worked as an administrative assistant for a weekly magazine issued by the Israeli Ministry of Education. She also worked for 26 years as an administrative assistant in the office of Advocate Elias Khoury in Jerusalem.
Adv. Boulos Abu Hadeed holds a Bachelor's Degree in Law (LL.B.) from Al-Quds University. He worked as a legal assistant for the Diocesan Court of the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem. He was admitted to the Palestinian Bar Association and has recently finished his legal traineeship at St. Yves for the Israeli Bar. He currently works in benificiary intake.
Mr. Fadi Khoury holds a master’s degree (MA) in international cooperation and Development from Bethlehem University in partnership with the universities of Pavia–Italy, Radboud-Netherlands, the University College of Dublin-Ireland, and the international volunteer Service for Development organization in Italy. Additionally, he holds a Bachelor’s degree (BA) in English Literature and Business Administration from Bethlehem University, and an advanced diploma in Entrepreneurship from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, Italy. He worked in different organizations, including the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem where he served for 7 years, Caritas Jerusalem, Young Women Christian Association (YWCA), Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, and in a project with the European Union for 2 years. He has a remarkable professional expertise in fundraising, management, reporting, research, communication and coordinating skills, in addition to development, implementation, and monitoring of projects. He joined the Society of St. Yves in 2011 and is currently employed as the development manager of the organization. His work at St. Yves revolves around developing and enhancing the organization’s relations with external donors, including local and international NGOs, Church related, human rights and community based organizations.
Ms Connie Musallam holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics from the University of Reading (2011), and an MA in International Politics from the University of Surrey (2012). Her professional background is in international development/cooperation and in human rights. In her last post at GNRD-Norway, Connie was stationed in Cairo for democracy-building, and at the UN in Geneva for active movements in human rights. At EuropeAid-Brussels, she covered program and project support with particular regards to refugees, democracy building, and child protection in the MENA region. In her previous UK posts she worked for big-scale fundraising at HRW, and at Cowley Road Works, and she engaged in lobbying for democracy-building with MEC Int. ltd. In more recent years in Jerusalem, Connie worked for Unicef’s social program, and has played an active part in supporting St John’s Eye Hospital, the YMCA and YWCA. At St. Yves Connie coordinates large and small projects within the organization and with our ongoing partners.
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Ms. Christine Yoakim holds a Secretary Diploma from the YMCA. She worked for several years as an administrative clerk and secretary for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). She is responsible for several duties including providing administrative support, filing and documentation.
Mrs. Lolas holds a secretary diploma from the Giacaman Center, and a tourism secretary diploma from the Modern Technology Center in Bethlehem. She joined St. Yves in 2009 and has been serving as the administrative assistant of St. Yves’ office in Bethlehem since. Mrs. Lolas is responsible for the overall planning, providing and maintaining efficient administrative support to St. Yves office in Bethlehem, to its staff and beneficiaries alike. Mrs. Lolas is also responsible for the office’s documentation, financial operations and reporting. Prior to joining St. Yves, Mrs. Lolas worked as an administrative assistant and receptionist in different hotels in Bethlehem.
Mrs. Amareen "Um Darweesh" is the oldest serving employee at St. Yves. She started working with St. Yves in 1993 and has been the primary office assistant in Bethlehem ever since. Mrs. Amareen provides wide administrative support, including various administrative tasks and responsibilities, mainly to the lawyers and beneficiaries of St. Yves. She assists in processing beneficiary files, from the legal consultation phase, until a final decision, follow- ups and documentations. Prior to joining St. Yves, Mrs. Amareen served as an office assistant at Bethlehem University.