Joumana Seif started working as a human rights activist in Damascus in 2001 with a focus on political prisoners. As a lawyer, she supported democratic movements in Syria, representing political prisoners. In 2012, a year after the start of the uprising against the Assad government, Seif left Syria. Since then, she has worked in the field of women’s rights. She cofounded the Syrian Women’s Network and Syrian Women Political Movement. In May 2017, she joined ECCHR as a research fellow in the International Crimes and Accountability program with a particular focus on sexual and gender-based violence.