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GBV Guidelines Implementation Support Team


Erin Patrick

Erin Patrick is the global Inter-Agency Coordinator for the IASC Gender-based Violence (GBV) Guidelines, a position hosted by IRC. In this role, Erin oversees global roll out and implementation of the Guidelines across agencies and sectors. Her nearly 20 year humanitarian career has focused on protection and issues affecting women and girls, primarily GBV prevention. Erin has worked with UNICEF on GBV in emergencies as well as with the Women's Refugee Commission, Migration Policy Institute and Human Rights Watch, among others. She has a Master’s in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Erin is based in New York.


Jessica Izquierdo

Jessica Izquierdo serves as Training Specialist for the GBV Guidelines, supporting the roll out of the Guidelines globally. She is hosted by the International Organization for Migration. Jessica is a public health practitioner focused on emergency response and community-driven development. She is a master trainer in sexual health and gender-based violence and has served vulnerable populations in complex settings across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Jessica continues to be an activist for the rights of marginalized groups in and out of her work, and currently supports the rollout of the GBV guidelines globally.

Jessica is based in Geneva and trains in English and Spanish.


Iman Qassis

Iman Qassis serves as a Training Specialist for the GBV Guidelines, focused on Arabic-speaking countries. She is hosted by UNFPA. Iman has more than 18 years of experience in the field of GBV, gender, monitoring and evaluation, management and programming, capacity development, policy advice, partnership, knowledge production, monitoring and evaluation, and advocacy. She gained wide experience in working with diverse cultures and environments, national and international organizations. She has a Master Degree in Criminology from the Hebrew University, and in Human Rights Theory and Practice from the University of Essex. She has a BA degree in Education, Sociology and Anthropology, and different diplomas in training, sexuality and sex education.

Iman is based in Jerusalem and trains in Arabic and English.

Information Management

Sonia Rastogi

Sonia Rastogi serves as the GBV Guidelines Information Management Specialist, a position hosted by UNICEF. She is a gender-based violence and public health practitioner with expertise implementing and coordinating GBV, WASH, Education, Livelihoods and Youth programming in complex emergency settings. Most recently, Sonia served as the Head of Office in Bentiu, South Sudan with Mercy Corps. She is committed to developing evidence-based, accountable and intersectional programs and policies for people most affected by crisis. Prior to working in the humanitarian sector, Sonia advocated for policies and programs at the U.S. local, state and national level for women and girls living with HIV. She holds a Master in Public Health from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

Sonia is based in London, UK