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. Read our strategy and the current status of our work

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Mexican Court Loosens Requirements for Proof of Duration of Residency

Mexico’s Federal Court for Fiscal and Administrative Justice validated the proof of duration of residency and the right to qualify for naturalization of a national from Guatemala who has resided in Mexico for 19 years. Read More

Indigenous Leader in Mexico Freed

Tlachinollan, winner of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, helped secure the release of Maximino García Catarino, an indigenous leader unjustly incarcerated for over six weeks in Guerrero state. Read More

Human Rights Watch Wins Peabody Awards

Human Rights Watch, a MacArthur grantee, won two Peabodies for multimedia work on gold mining in Papua New Guinea and Russian civil society. Read More
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The Pader Academy: Educating Young Mothers Affected By Uganda's Civil War

The Pader Girls Academy educates girls who have returned to village life in Uganda after being abducted and forced into marriage or pregnancy during the country's civil war. The MacArthur Foundation supports education and human ... Watch

"The Body Counter"

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International Criminal Court Convicts Congolese Warlord

In its first judgment, the International Criminal Court found Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga guilty of recruiting and employing child soldiers in his militia group. Read More
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Red Nacional de Derechos Humanos (Red TDT), 2012 MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

Monitoring and documenting human rights abuses in Mexico to raise awareness of human rights violations nationally and internationally. Read More
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Crisis Action, 2012 MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

Crisis Action works behind the scenes with civil society organizations to develop strategies that inform policymakers about how to stop conflict and protect civilians on the ground. Read More
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Moscow Helsinki Group, 2012 MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

Moscow Helsinki Group conducts advocacy, compiles reports, and trains activists to improve human rights in Russia. Read More
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CrisisAction, 2012 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions

Crisis Action, a recipient of the 2012 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, works behind the scenes with civil society organizations to develop strategies that inform policymakers on how to stop conflict and protect civilians ...

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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 and Nigeria. Watch

Staff

Portrait of Stephanie Platz

Stephanie Platz

Managing Director, Programs
Portrait of Mary R. Page

Mary R. Page

Director, Human Rights

Sharon Bissell Sotelo

Director, Mexico
Portrait of Kole A. Shettima

Kole A. Shettima

Director, Africa Office
Portrait of Oladayo (Dayo) Olaide

Oladayo (Dayo) Olaide

Deputy Director, Nigeria Office
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Simon Cosgrove

Program Officer
Portrait of Yvonne Darkwa-Poku

Yvonne Darkwa-Poku

Program Officer

Liliane Loya

Deputy Director, Mexico
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Eric Sears

Senior Program Officer
Portrait of S. Quinn Hanzel

S. Quinn Hanzel

Program Assistant
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Phillis D. Hollice

Program Administrator
Portrait of Ken Lee

Ken Lee

Senior Executive Assistant

Media Contact

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Meredith Klein

Senior Communications Officer

Evaluation Contact

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Joanna Cohen

Program Officer, Evaluation