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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Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the 30th Anniversary of Moscow Helsinki Group

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton reflects on Russia's movement towards greater human rights over the course of the Group's history.

The MacArthur Foundation in Russia: Report on Activities

Message From The President The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is a private foundation, headquartered in Chicago, that provides approximately $200 million in grants annually to universities, charitable and non-governmental organizations and talented individuals ...
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Report: War-Affected Children and Youth in Northern Uganda: An Assessment Report

Foreword Northern Uganda’s brutal war, now in its twentieth year, has gained world attention in the wake of indictments by the International Criminal Court against Joseph Kony and four of his commanders in the Lord ...

European Court for Human Rights Rules on Russian Policy Torture Case

The European Court of Human Rights delivered its second verdict against Russia last week in a case concerning police torture. Attorneys at the Rostov Center for International Defense, a MacArthur grantee, worked tirelessly on behalf of ...

Human Rights Watch Reports on War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity Committed in the Congo

In September, longtime MacArthur grantee Human Rights Watch published a comprehensive report on mineral exploitation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. “The Curse of Gold” documents war crimes and crimes against humanity being committed by ...

ENewsletter: Bringing Science to Bear on Security Policy

Contents In Focus: Bringing Science to Bear on Security Policy From the Field: Justice Delivered Russian Police Torture Case Newsroom: Illinois: "Model" State for Juvenile Justice Reform MacArthur Supports Research on Internet Censorship Can Proliferation Be ...

Commentary: Taking Human Rights Seriously

In an Op-Ed published in the Chicago Tribune, MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton calls on the United Nations to put aside politics and take a leading role in addressing human rights grievances around the world.

ENewsletter: MacArthur Invests in China

Contents Investing in China Expanding the Science, Technology, and Security Initiative At Work in China: Snapshots of Organizations Receiving New Grants Related Grants   Investing in China With nearly 1.3 billion people, China is the world ...

Improving Human Rights Monitoring and Protection in Mexico

MacArthur announced three grants to help strengthen Mexico’s human rights ombuds system, and to contribute to human rights protections for indigenous communities in the state of Guerrero.

Monitoring and Supporting First Cases Before the International Criminal Court

MacArthur has announced three grants totaling more than $1.2 million to prepare victims of human rights abuses in cases at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
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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.

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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, Technology in the Public Interest
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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