Mariana Katzarova is a highly experienced human rights leader and expert in combating human trafficking and violence against women. She founded RAW in WAR (Reach All Women in WAR) in 2006, after working as a journalist and human rights advocate in the war zones of Bosnia, Kosovo and Chechnya, including 10 years as the Russia Researcher for Amnesty International. Mariana Katzarova graduated from Sofia National University and Columbia University in NYC and trained in international human rights and humanitarian law at the LSE & the Geneva Academy of IHL and human rights. Originally from Bulgaria, she was a founder of the first independent newspaper in Bulgaria in 1989, called Democracy. Between March 2014-April 2016, she led the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Eastern Ukraine - Donetsk, Luhansk, Dnipropetrovsk & Zaporizhya.