Human Rights

Strengthening human rights protections, advancing government accountability, and improving the reach and quality of justice.  Read our strategy and the current status of our work

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Mexico Launches Initiative to Protect Journalists and Human Rights Defenders

Insecurity in Mexico has resulted in mounting pressures against activists and journalists in Mexico, causing some to flee or cease their work for fear of retaliation.
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Mexico's Supreme Court Rejects Military Trials

Mexico's National Supreme Court has ruled Article 57 of the Mexican Military Code of Justice, which the military had interpreted to give itself jurisdiction over cases of military human rights violations, to be unconstitutional.
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Lowest Numbers of Americans Concerned about Terrorism Since 9/11

With support from MacArthur, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs conducted a national survey for the report Foreign Policy in the New Millennium.
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Leveraging New Media to Improve Nigeria’s Future

New media has the potential to drive Nigeria’s political and economic development and build a robust democracy, according to several speakers at a conference on “New Media and Governance: Tools and Trends.”
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Understanding Nigerian Views on Crime and Safety

Three-quarters of Nigerians fear becoming the victim of crime, according to a survey by the CLEEN Foundation.

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.

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.
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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.

Staff

Portrait of Stephanie Platz

Stephanie Platz

Managing Director, Programs

Sharon Bissell Sotelo

Director, Mexico
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Kole A. Shettima

Director, Africa Office
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Oladayo (Dayo) Olaide

Deputy Director, Nigeria Office
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Yvonne Darkwa-Poku

Senior Program Officer

Liliane Loya

Deputy Director, Mexico
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Eric Sears

Senior Program Officer
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Phillis D. Hill

Senior Grants Manager

Media Contact

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Meredith Klein

Senior Communications Officer

Evaluation Contact

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Joanna Cohen

Program Officer