Human Rights & International Justice

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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The MacArthur Foundation in Mexico: Report on Activities

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation first began making grants in Mexico in 1986 and opened an office in Mexico in 1991.  Today, MacArthur provides approximately $6 million in grants each year to address ... Read More

Interview with Jonathan Fanton: Without Human Rights, You Can't Have Stable Democracy

MacArthur's President talks about MacArthur's grantmaking in Nigeria targeted towards human rights, reproductive health, and maternal mortality. Read More

Interview with Jonathan Fanton on Democracy, Digital Learning, and Juvenile Justice in the 21st Century

Recently, Philanthropy News Digest spoke with MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton. Read More
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Innocent Chukwuma, CLEEN Foundation on MacArthur Award

The MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions recognizes a group of small non-profits each year with up to $500,000. The Award expands on the Foundation's tradition of encouraging individual creativity and building effective ...

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"International Migration Trends," Presentation by John Slocum at Chicago Matters event

MacArthur Director of Global Migration and Human Mobility John Slocum discusses international immigration trends and describes the Foundation's own emerging grantmaking activities in the field of international migration. Read More

The MacArthur Foundation in Nigeria: Report on Activities

 In 1999, after decades of colonial and military rule, Nigeria began a transition to democracy.  Government, non-governmental organizations, and individuals are now working together to ensure the growth of a free and fair Nigeria.  The MacArthur ... Read More

MacArthur Awards $3.8 Million to Efforts Involving International Criminal Court

MacArthur announced five grants totaling more than $3.8 million for efforts to more fully involve the victims and witnesses in cases before the International Criminal Court (ICC). Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the ICC Office of the Prosecutor's Second Public Hearing

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton pushes the International Criminal Court to expand its caseload beyond situations in Africa and to possibly open field offices in troubled countries. Read More

"International Responsibility to Protect Darfurians," Remarks by Kole Shettima, National War College, Nigeria

MacArthur Africa Office Director Kole Shettima discusses the humanitarian crisis in Darfur and the principles of Responsibility to Protect. Read More

New York Times Letter to the Editor by Jonathan Fanton: A Ugandan Peace

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton writes to the New York Times about the suspension of peace negotiations in Uganda. 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

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Portrait of Stephanie Platz

Stephanie Platz

Interim Managing Director, International Programs
Portrait of Mary R. Page

Mary R. Page

Director, Human Rights and International Justice
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
Portrait of Simon Cosgrove

Simon Cosgrove

Program Officer
Portrait of Yvonne Darkwa-Poku

Yvonne Darkwa-Poku

Program Officer
Portrait of Liliane Loya

Liliane Loya

Program Officer, Mexico
Portrait of Eric Sears

Eric Sears

Program Officer
Portrait of S. Quinn Hanzel

S. Quinn Hanzel

Program Assistant
Portrait of Phillis D. Hollice

Phillis D. Hollice

Program Administrator
Portrait of Michelle Holmes

Michelle Holmes

Special Assistant to the Vice President of International Programs
Portrait of Ken Lee

Ken Lee

Senior Executive Assistant