The IETF Ombudsteam allows you to confidentially report and raise concerns about harassment and other conduct within the IETF.

Key Info

IETF meetings, virtual meetings, and mailing lists are intended for professional collaboration and networking. The IETF strives to create and maintain an environment in which people of many different backgrounds are treated with dignity, decency, and respect. Those who participate in the IETF are expected to behave according to professional standards and demonstrate appropriate workplace behaviour, and must not engage in harassment.

For more information, please see the IESG Anti Harassment Policy and BCP 25/ RFC 7776 on IETF Anti-Harassment Procedures*.

If you believe you have been harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, you are encouraged to raise your concern in confidence with one of the Ombudspersons at ombudsteam at The current persons in this team are:

Allison Mankin
Allison Mankin

Allison Mankin (allison.mankin at

Melinda Shore
Melinda Shore

Melinda Shore (melinda.shore at

Pete Resnick
Pete Resnick

Pete Resnick (resnick at

Please use the above email addresses for initial contact only for now. We expect to update this page soon with information about how to reach the team with confidential email.

*) If your organisation outside the IETF is interested in implementing similar anti-harassment procedures, the authors of the RFC have made a CC0-copyrighted version available at


  • [1] RFC 7776
    IETF Anti-Harassment Procedures

    IETF Participants must not engage in harassment while at IETF meetings, virtual meetings, or social events or while participating in mailing lists. This document lays out procedures for managing and enforcing this policy. This document updates RFC 2418 by defining new working group guidelines and…