Senior Victims’ Rights Officers

To bolster support to victims in the field, Senior Victims’ Rights Officers (SVRO) and Field Victims’ Rights Advocates (FVRA) are in place in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti and South Sudan. These Advocates are the main contact for all victims on the ground and they take steps to ensure that a victim-centered, gender- and child-sensitive and non-discriminatory approach is integrated into the United Nations support of victims.

The Senior Victims’ Rights Officers (SVRO) and Field Victims’ Rights Advocates (FVRA) report to the Victims’ Rights Advocate and the Secretary-General’s Special Representatives to ensure a cohesive and system-wide approach. They work closely with conduct and discipline teams, humanitarian actors, as well as civil society, including local human rights organizations.

Field Victims’ Rights Advocates are full time United Nations personnel with other functions who serve as focal points for victims support and assistance.

Christine Besong

Christine Besong

Field Victims’ Rights Advocate & Conduct and Discipline Officer, The Democratic Republic of the Congo

Fernanda Perez Solla

Fernanda Perez Solla

Senior Victims’ Rights Officer, Central African Republic

Maria Nakabiito

Maria Nakabiito

Senior Victims’ Rights Officer, South Sudan

Ritu Gambhir

Ritu Gambhir

Senior Victims’ Rights Officer, Haiti


Links to Mission pages


UN Focal Points for Victims’ Rights

  • In the absence of a Senior Victims’ Rights Officer, OVRA has supported the appointment of focal points for victims’ rights. These focal points, appointed by the most senior United Nations official at country level, have a system-wide role to advise on and strengthen a coordinated and victim-centred approach to the provision of assistance and support to complainants and victims of sexual exploitation and abuse in consultation with the Victims’ Rights Advocate.
  • Karelia Ramos Gonzalez is the Victims’ Rights Focal Point in Guatemala.
  • Inah Fatoumata Kaloga is the Victims’ Rights Focal Point in Nepal.