Ron Gerlitz

Ron Gerlitz holds a B.Sc in Mathematics and a M.A. in Public Policy, both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and with distinction. Ron is the Executive Director of aChord Center – Social Psychology for Social Change. The center operates in the area that lies between academia and the field, and aims to bridge the

Birte Brodkorb – International Relations Coordinator

Birte is a lawyer and criminologist with specialization in international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law, with extensive work experience in advocacy and resource development. Among her previous positions, Birte worked as researcher and lecturer of the Freie Universität Berlin, Director of International Relations and Advocacy for Yesh Din, Partnerships Coordinator for the Human Rights Defenders Fund

Adv. Tal Steiner – Executive Director

Adv. Tal Steiner is PCATI’s Executive Director since July 2020. Prior to that, Tal has served as the head of the legal department at the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants, as an associate human rights officer at the UN office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and as a lawyer in Hamoked: Center

Adv. Janan Abdu

Adv. Janan Abdu joined PCATI’s legal team in March 2020. Before that she worked as a lawyer in a private office. She holds an LL.M. Degree in Adjudication and Criminal Procedures from the University of Haifa and an additional Masters in Psychosocial Education. Mrs. Abdu worked as a trained lawyer at Adalah Legal Center. Prior

Tali Shamir – Spokesperson and Media Coordinator

Tali has been PCATI’s spokesperson and social media coordinator since 2018. She is responsible for communicating with the press and for various social media platforms including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, as well as PCATI’s newsletter and website. Before joining PCATI Tali was a writer and an editor in the Israeli press for two decades, specializing in

Deganit Ben Shitrit – Finance Director

Deganit Ben Shitrit has years of experience in various positions at numerous non-profits. She has worked at political organizations and Jewish renewal organizations and was involved in integrating professional spiritual companionship into the Israeli medical system. She conducts independent and egalitarian wedding ceremonies.

Adv. Efrat Bergman-Sapir – Director of the Legal Department

Efrat Bergman-Sapir is the head of the Legal Department at PCATI since September 2014. Previously she worked as Legal Adviser to the International Committee of the Red Cross delegation to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. At the same time she was also a Teaching Fellow in the Asia Studies Program for Law students at

Hannah Friedman Z”L – Founder and first Executive Director

Hannah Friedman was the founder of PCATI and its Executive Director during the organization first 15 years. Under her guidance PCATI led the HCJ “Torture Petition”, which set a precedent and outlawed torture in Israel. In 2013 she received the Leibowitz Prize for her persistent anti-torture advocacy. Hannah passed away in June 2021. Her life