Our Team


Harriet Wistrich
Founding Director

Harriet Wistrich is a solicitor of twenty years experience working with the renowned civil liberties firm, Birnberg Peirce and Partners. She is the winner of the Liberty Human Rights Lawyer of the Year award 2014 and winner of the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year 2018 for public law.  She is the founder of Centre for Women’s Justice  and is also an active member of the Police Action Lawyers Group, Inquest Lawyers Group, Justice for Women and is a trustee of the charity, the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize. 



Sasha Deepwell

Sasha Deepwell

Sasha is Chair of the Trustees at the Centre for Women’s Justice and a founding member.
She's currently the Chief Executive of Irwell Valley Housing association. She is a Women’s Studies MA and a lifelong feminist, having worked at Rape Crisis and been involved in many housing and support projects for women. Sasha is also a Board member of North West Housing, promoting housing co-operartives in the North West and a member of WISH (Women In Social Housing) North West.

Sara Ricca

Sarah Ricca

Sarah is a solicitor and founding partner of the firm Deighton Pierce Glynn. She specialises in civil rights and civil liberties claims arising from abuses by the state. She has particular expertise in challenges to state failings in relation to violence against women and has been involved in a number of key cases in this connection, including the domestic homicide cases of Colette Lynch, Rachael Slack and Maria Stubbings, and the Supreme Court case of Michael v South Wales Police, where she represented Liberty and Refuge as intervenors.

Davina James Hanman

Davina James-Hanman

Davina James-Hanman is an independent Violence Against Women Consultant. She was formerly the Director of AVA (Against Violence & Abuse) for 17 years, which she took up following five years at L.B. Islington as the first local authority Domestic Violence Co-ordinator in the UK (1992). From 2000-08, she had responsibility for developing and implementing the first London Domestic Violence Strategy for the Mayor of London.


Samira Ahmed

Samira Ahmed

Samira is a freelance journalist and broadcaster. She presents radio and TV programmes for the BBC and previously worked for Channel 4 News. In 2009 she won Broadcast of the Year at the annual Stonewall Awards for her special report on “corrective” rape of lesbian women in South Africa. She is a Visiting Professor of Journalism at Kingston University and a regular contributor to The Big Issue.

Yasmin Rehman

Yasmin Rehman

Yasmin is a human rights activist and researcher, currently working as an independent consultant. Previously, Yasmin worked with a number of women’s organisations including the Women’s Resource Centre as Coordinator of the pan-London Violence Against Women and Girls Consortium and with Welsh Women’s Aid, providing training on equalities, diversity and inclusion for higher education institutions and an independent panel member reviewing past serious case reviews.

Yasmin has worked for 30 years predominantly on violence against women, race, faith and gender, and human rights. She co-edited a book, Moving in the Shadows, which examines violence experienced by minority women and girls in the UK. She is working on a second book looking at polygamous and temporary marriage and its links to violence and abuse of women and girls.

Yasmin is currently a Board member of EVAW (End Violence Against Women Coalition) and the Cross-Government Working Group on Hate Crimes. She is also a Trustee of the Centre for Secular Space.


Janice Turner

Janice Turner has been a columnist and interviewer for The Times since 2003. She won the British Press Awards best interviewer in 2014 and has been shortlisted for numerous other awards, including this year’s Orwell Prize for Journalism. 

At The Times she has a wide brief, but has written frequently on feminist issues including prostitution, pornography, women in prisons, reproductive rights, the debate around the Gender Recognition Act and violence against women. She has reported on feminist issues, including the headscarf debate in Turkey, the Rotherham grooming gangs and latterly the Irish abortion referendum. She has made a speciality of interviewing prominent women leaders including Hillary Clinton, Julia Gillard, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Melinda Gates and Condoleezza Rice for The Times Saturday magazine.

Besides The Times, she has written for many other publications including New Statesman, The Guardian, Mail on Sunday, Red, Elle, Harper’s, Good Housekeeping, Evening Standard, Radio Times. Early in her career she launched and edited two women’s magazines for Bauer Publishing.


Sanchita Hosali 

Sanchita is a recognised expert in human rights and equality law, policy and practice, with over fifteen years of working both in the UK and internationally. She is Director at British Institute of Human Rights provideing strategic leadership and management, overseeing operations, with a lead role in policy and campaigning. Sanchita convenes an innovative new clinical module at QMUL School of Law, "Securing human rights" which provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to gain practical learning and experience of using human rights standards within the charity sector. 

Sanchita has a particular expertise in addressing violence against women from a human rights perspective, having worked on a number of UK and international projects on these issues, including on "honour" crimes.


Esohe Aghatise

Esohe is a lawyer with a doctorate in International Economic and Trade Law. She is also an Ethno-clinical Cultural Mediator who has provided services for more than 20 years to victims of trafficking in Italy.

 A member of the Board of Directors of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), she is the founding Executive Director of Associazione Iroko Onlus, which provides services to victims of trafficking in Italy. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA-UCDG) Italy Chapter. She is also a founding member and Trustee of Edo Women’s Development Initiative (EWDI) based in Benin City, Nigeria, which raises awareness about issues which negatively impact women and provides crucial services to indigent women in Edo State. 


Sara Hampson

Sara is a chartered accountant with over 18 years experience across multiple finance disciplines. Sara has worked for numerous multinational organisations such as Siemens and Disney, and has held senior commercial finance positions at the online fashion retailer Asos. She currently heads up finance at Bay Media, an outdoor media company based in North London.

Sara is also the co-founder of online eco furniture business La Maison De Furniture, and provides finance consultation services to early stage start-ups.


Heather Harvey

Heather has worked on violence against women, women’s rights, equality and development in the UK and overseas for over 20 years in public and NGO sectors. This has included 3 years at the UK foreign office working on forced marriage, 5 years managing Amnesty International UK’s stop violence against women campaign, 4 years working on rural projects with women and girls in Zimbabwe and Mali and 8 years working first at Eaves and now at Nia as research and development manager researching various aspects of violence against women and girls.



Kate Ellis (Solicitor)


Kate is a solicitor at the Centre for Women’s Justice and represents clients in public and private law challenges against public authorities, and criminal appeals. Before joining the Centre Kate worked alongside Imran Khan QC at the firm Imran Khan and Partners, where as well as acting for individuals in criminal and civil litigation she represented the interests of core participant groups and families in two judge-led Public Inquiries. As a law student Kate also volunteered at Islington Law Centre, and at the international human rights charity, Reprieve, where she assisted in the researching and drafting of an international criminal practitioners’ manual for use in Death Row trials and appeals. In 2017 she qualified as a Solicitor Advocate with Higher Rights of Audience in the criminal courts.
Kate has a particular interest in challenging policy failings in the criminal justice system that disproportionately affect women and girls. 

Nogah Ofer (Solicitor)


Nogah Ofer is a solicitor with 18 years’ experience at a number of human rights legal firms, where she specialised in challenging state bodies, particularly in the criminal justice system and immigration detention. She has acted in numerous cases involving failures in policing of violence against women, including inadequate investigation of rape and trafficking, domestic homicide and sexual exploitation by police officers. Since 2016 she has carried out policy work in the voluntary sector on a range of civil liberties issues and supervised a university law clinic. She also has two years’ experience of supporting survivors as a volunteer on the National Domestic Violence Helpline.

Nic Mainwood (Operations Manager)

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Nic has nearly ten-years experience in operations management both in the private and charity sector. Previous roles have also included project management, procurement, events, IT and travel writing. She is a member of the feminist campaign group Justice for Women which supports, and advocates on behalf of, women who have killed abusive men.

Joanna Henry (Communications and Events Assistant)


Joanna is excited to be joining the CWJ as the new Communications and Events Assistant. She brings a wealth of experience from working in various roles within the non-profit sector, particularly within fundraising and communications.    

Joanna is an advocate for social, environmental and global justice, and is passionate about defending the rights of marginalised groups. Before starting the CWJ, Joanna studied an MSc in International Environmental Studies in Norway, where she worked for Greenpeace Nordic to promote their climate lawsuit campaign. In the past, she has also worked with the Citizens Advice Bureau and within appeals and litigation in the civil service.

Cathryn Evans (Paralegal)


Cathryn recently completed her BPTC at City University and was called to the Bar. Following her LLB at UCL she undertook an LLM in Criminal Justice at QMUL. Prior to becoming a law student she worked for Labour MP Chris Smith, and as a headhunter in the City. She has a longstanding interest in women’s rights and criminal justice matters.



Anna Mazzola (Solicitor)

Anna Mazzola is a human rights solicitor specialising in cases arising from the criminal justice system, particularly cases for victims of crime. She has over nine years' experience in human rights firms dealing with judicial review cases, claims against the police and other state bodies, inquests and public inquiries. Previous to that, she worked within the Government Legal Service.

She is also a novelist. 

Helen Easton (Researcher)

Sophie Kate Howes (Researcher)