Challenging Injustice, Advancing Human Rights

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee advances human rights through grassroots collaborations.

Myra Dahgaypaw

Senior Partnership Officer for Justice and International Accountability

Myra Dahgaypaw is a Karen human rights activist from Karen State, Eastern Burma. Myra was an internally displaced person and a refugee before she resettled in the United States. Since a young age, she has been a community organizer.

In the past two decades, Myra has been engaged with various human rights and political issues in Burma while serving her community and Burmese diaspora in the United States. Previously, she worked as a human rights advocate at the United Nations with the Burma Fund United Nations Office. She later worked with the U.S. campaign for Burma for 12 years as Campaign Coordinator, Policy Advisor and Managing Director focusing on the United States’ Burma policy, promotion of human rights, and an inclusive democracy that includes all ethnic and religious minorities. Myra is currently a board member of Communities of Rooted in Brilliance (CRB) and Virginia Delegate of Refugee Congress.

By seeking justice and accountability, Myra hopes to one day see a unified country at peace once the crimes against humanity and unchecked impunity in Burma are put to an end. Until that day, Myra will continue advocating international and U.S. leaders and policymakers to promote and support the movement for freedom and a genuine democracy in Burma, as well as to provide aid and support for human rights and humanitarian needs.

Mdahgaypaw @ uusc.org