Dennis van Wanrooij is a human rights lawyer and activist originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil. They spent the last 12 years supporting local, regional and global activists from various social justice movements, including the LGBTIQ+, feminist, migrant, HIV, youth, and sex worker movements. Their experiences with SRHR programming, research and training are intersectional, participatory and community-driven.
They have experience implementing complex global and regional health programmes, conducting human rights training and organising events with and for historically oppressed communities, service providers, governments, embassies and the United Nations agencies.
Previously, they worked as International Programme Manager at COC Nederland implementing the PRIDE and Bridging the Gaps strategic partnerships in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. At COC Nederland, they led the transgender portfolio, research and global strategies. Further, they worked as a Senior Advisor for Aidsfonds while implementing PITCH and Turning the Tide programmes in Africa, Asia and EECA regions, and Programme Officer at the Red Umbrella Fund. In addition, Dennis commissioned research by the Global Network of Sex Work Projects and HIV Young Leaders Fund as a consultant.
Dennis holds a specialisation in sexuality and gender at the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) and CREA’s Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute, a master’s degree in International Human Rights Law at Tilburg University (Netherlands) and a bachelor’s in Law from Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo (Brazil).