Dennis van Wanrooij is a human rights defender and activist originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil. They spent the last 12 years dedicated to supporting local, regional and global activists from various social justice movements, including the LGBTIQ+, migrant, HIV, youth, PWUD and sex worker movements. Their experiences with SRHR programming, research and training are intersectional, participatory and community-based.
They have experience implementing complex global development programmes, conducting human rights training and organising events targeting historically oppressed communities, service providers, governments, embassies and the United Nations. They are a Steering Committee member of the European Network for the Promotion of Rights and Health among Migrant Sex Workers – TAMPEP.
Previously, they worked as International Project Manager at COC Nederland implementing the PRIDE and Bridging the Gaps programmes in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. At COC Nederland they led the transgender portfolio, research and global strategies. They worked as Senior Advisor for Aidsfonds while implementing PITCH, Bridging the Gaps, and Turning the Tide programmes in Africa, Asia and EECA regions. Dennis has also worked as a Programme Officer at the Red Umbrella Fund, the global fund led by and for sex workers. As a consultant, Dennis worked in research commissioned by the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) and HIV Young Leaders Fund (HYLF).
Dennis holds a bachelor’s in law from Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), a master’s in laws in International Human Rights Law at Tilburg University (Netherlands) and a specialisation in sexuality and gender at the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) and CREA’s Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute.