Human Rights

MacArthur seeks to strengthen human rights protections, advance government accountability, and improve the reach and quality of justice. Our grantmaking aims to defend freedom of expression and enhance criminal justice globally, with a special focus on Mexico, Nigeria, and Russia. Read our strategy

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Inter-American Court of Human Rights Rulings Encourage Reform in Mexico

Two decisions by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in cases litigated by MacArthur grantees are prompting Mexico's government to reform its Code of Military Justice. Read More

Inter-American Court of Human Rights Compels Mexican Government to Enact Broader Human Rights Reforms

Two decisions by the Court in the past 14 months in cases litigated by two MacArthur grantees have ramped up pressure on Mexico’s government to reform its Code of Military Justice. Read More
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Grantmaking in Mexico

MacArthur has three grantmaking programs in Mexico: population and reproductive health, human rights and justice, and migration. Read More
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Grantmaking in Russia

A downloadable brochure describing MacArthur’s grantmaking in Russia, which supports universities and other institutions engaged in scholarly research and training, and promotes the development of effective human rights protections. Read More

ECOWAS Court Says Education is a Basic Human Right in Nigeria

In a landmark judgment, the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice in Abuja, Nigeria, declared that Nigerians have an enforceable right to basic education. Read More

New State Law in Nigeria Improves Legal Rights for Suspects

A new law adopted last month by the Anambra State government in Nigeria includes reforms of the criminal justice system recommended by MacArthur grantee the Legal Defense and Assistance Project. Read More

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Protecting Freedom of Expression and Enhancing Criminal Justice

Building on its 30-year history in the field, MacArthur's human rights and international justice grantmaking strategy focuses on defending freedom of expression and enhancing criminal justice globally, with a special emphasis in Mexico, Nigeria, and ... Watch

Staff

Portrait of Stephanie Platz

Stephanie Platz

Managing Director, International Programs
Portrait of Mary R. Page

Mary R. Page

Director, Human Rights
Portrait of Sharon Bissell Sotelo

Sharon Bissell Sotelo

Director, Mexico
Portrait of Igor Zevelev

Igor Zevelev

Director, Russia Office
Portrait of Kole A. Shettima

Kole A. Shettima

Director, Africa Office
Portrait of Oladayo (Dayo) Olaide

Oladayo (Dayo) Olaide

Deputy Director, Nigeria Office
Portrait of Mikhail Troitskiy

Mikhail Troitskiy

Deputy Director, Russia Office
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Simon Cosgrove

Program Officer
Portrait of Yvonne Darkwa-Poku

Yvonne Darkwa-Poku

Program Officer
Portrait of Liliane Loya

Liliane Loya

Program Officer, Mexico
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Eric Sears

Program Officer
Portrait of S. Quinn Hanzel

S. Quinn Hanzel

Program Assistant
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Phillis D. Hollice

Program Administrator
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Michelle Holmes

Special Assistant to the Vice President of International Programs
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Ken Lee

Senior Executive Assistant

Media Contact

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Meredith Klein

Communications Officer, Public Affairs