Waleed Abdi is a lawyer and human rights defender in Iraq. He runs the organization, Salamatak, for the defense of human rights in Iraq, an organization specializing in the empowerment and protection in the field of digital rights for human rights defenders and organizations. He is also a legal expert with the American Bar Association / center for Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa. He worked with many local organizations as a human rights researcher. He works on monitoring trials against human rights defenders and NGOs in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. Previously, he worked on monitoring violations of sexual violence committed by members of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant against women and girls in Iraq.