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Jeremy Menchik, Joumana Ibrahim, Dima Saber, et al.


Visualizing Human Rights for Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon

[Crop from graphic by Imad Gebrayel and Jeremy Menchik]

[Text by Jeremy Menchik. Workshop organized by Joumana Ibrahim and Dima Saber. Graphics by designers listed below each graphic.]  Five decades after the development of the kefala [sponsorship] system, Lebanon’s 200,000 migrant domestic workers continue to be denied their inalienable rights, including freedom of movement, just conditions of work, the right to marry and to found a family, the right to legal recognition, and freedom from inhuman or degrading treatment. In ...

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Jeremy Menchik, Joumana Ibrahim, Dima Saber, et al.


Jeremy Menchik is a volunteer with Migrant Workers’ Task Force, a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the American University of Beirut, and an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Boston University. His PhD drew on two years of field research in Indonesia to explain the variation in religious and political tolerance during the twentieth century. He is currently working on a book manuscript, Tolerance Without Liberalism: Islam, Indonesia, and Modern Muslim Democracy. You can find further details about his research on his website. He tweets @jeremymenchik.

Joumana Ibrahim is a graphic designer and design instructor with a focus on information design. She teaches graphic and information design in several universities across Lebanon, as well as leading workshops such as the Migrant Workers and Human Rights project. Joumana graduated with an MA from the London College of Communications after obtaining a BA in graphic design from the Lebanese American University. After returning to Lebanon, she worked as an art director at Leo Burnett Beirut, serving a range of leading Lebanese and international brands, and winning a number of regional and international awards. You can find her work on her website at,

Dima Saber is co-founder of, a high-impact social media/tech collaboration space in Beirut, and DevIneMedia/Hibr (, a youth-run alternative citizen newspaper. She recently completed her PhD in Media Studies from the University of Panthéon-Assas in Paris, and currently teaches Political Communication and Digital Activism at the American University of Beirut (AUB), and Online Journalism at the Lebanese American University (LAU). She is conducting research on Arab media narratives from the establishment of Egyptian pan-Arab radio the Voice of the Arabs until the rise of political Islam with the Lebanese Hezbollah, mainly working on Al-Jazeera’s coverage of the 2006 war and Hezbollah's media productions, including music videos and video games. 

Mohamad Cheblak is an Information and Communication Officer at the Danish Refugee Council - Lebanon. 

Imad Gebrayel is an aspiring graphic designer and a teaching assistant at the American University of Science and Technology, where he’s working and pursuing his BA. A multidisciplinary designer with an interest in design and criticism, Imad is a part of “The Creative Space Beirut” a fashion design program and founder of a Lebanese collective design and advertising blog.

Sarah Halabi is a graphic designer.

Dina Alwani is a freelance graphic designer. Her work can be seen on her website.

Dana Halaby is a graphic designer.

Rita Saad is a designer, educator, and storyteller. She graduated from Parsons The New School for Design with a MFA in Design and Technology in 2011. Her work uses storytelling strategies to create a more engaging experience for the audience. She currently lives in Beirut.

Reem Ismail is a graphic designer.

Naashat Jurdy is a graphic designer.

Bruna Tohme is a freelance graphic designer/branding consultant. She has a BA in graphic design with an emphasis on the moving image from the Faculty of Architecture, Art and Design Department at Notre Dame de Louiaze University. She has been a television presenter/host on the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International since 2005 and is active with CHANCE (CHildren AgaiNst CancEr), an association whose mission is to help Lebanese children with cancer or blood disorders get medical care without cost or with minimum cost to their families.

Joanne Harik is a senior graphic design student in the American University of Beirut. She has worked with the NGO KAFA (enough violence and exploitation) on a project raising awareness about the suicide of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon, as well as one about marital rape in Lebanon. She is currently working on her final year project tackling racism towards migrant domestic workers in Lebanon, in the form of photographic infographics.