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Foreign Use of U.S. Internet Servers in Cyber-spying

An Italian computer spyware firm, Hacking Team, whose tools foreign governments allegedly have used to spy on dissidents and journalists, relies heavily on the servers of U.S. Internet companies, according to a new report from ... Read More
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7 Nonprofits Recognized for Exceptional Creativity and Effectiveness, Awarded Up to $1 Million Each

The Award, which recognizes exceptional grantees and helps ensure their long-term sustainability, provides each organization with up to $1 million, depending on the size of its budget. Read More
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The Citizen Lab

A recipient of the 2014 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, The Citizen Lab is pioneering new ways to expose and reduce human rights abuses in cyberspace. Read More
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Women's Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative

A recipient of the 2014 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, the Women's Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative is promoting and protecting the rights of Nigerian women. Read More
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Ahead of 2015 Nigerian Elections, Security is a Challenge

An updated report by the CLEEN Foundation assesses security threats and mitigating factors in Nigeria as the country nears its 2015 elections. Read More
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Assessing Crime and Safety in Nigeria

An annual survey assessing crime and safety in Nigeria shows that 25 percent of Nigerians were victims of crime during the past year, down from 31 percent the year before. Read More
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New Platform to Support Freedom of Information in Nigeria

The Nigeria-based Right to Information Initiative (R2K) launched a tracker to allow users to monitor developing FOI cases and provide prompt access to judgments, rulings, and decisions on access to information cases in Nigeria. Read More
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Attention to Justice Reform in Mexico Grows

Reforms to Mexican justice system, including efforts by a MacArthur grantee, were the focus of a two-part series by the national television agency Televisa. Read More
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Assessing Security Risks in Nigeria’s 2015 Elections

The political temperature in Nigeria is heating up in advance of its 2015 elections, with eight Nigerian states facing major threats to security, according to a risk assessment conducted by the MacArthur-supported CLEEN Foundation. Read More
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Charting Global Human Rights Philanthropy

The Foundation Center and the International Human Rights Funders Group have partnered to create the first data-driven portrait of how foundations are advancing human rights around the world. Read More
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NGOs Create Monitoring Group to Reform Mexico’s Criminal Justice System

The group hopes to reform certain practices, including the use of pretrial detention, and will share their analyses publicly. Read More
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MacArthur Grantee’s Legal Efforts Help Free Two Wrongly Imprisoned Men

Legal efforts by MacArthur grantee Asistencia Legal por los Derechos Humanos (ASILEGAL) helped ensure the freedom of Sebastian Zuniga Santos and Marcial Zuniga. Read More
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U.S. Engaged in Torture After 9/11, Review Concludes

A nonpartisan, independent review of interrogation and detention programs in the years after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks concludes that the United States used interrogation techniques on detainees that constituted torture. Read More
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Documenting Violence Against Journalists in Mexico

MacArthur grantee Article 19 assesses violence against journalists in Mexico in 2012 and shows that threats and attacks continued as well as other information. Read More

Grantee's Legal Efforts Help Free Imprisoned Woman, Change Criminal Justice System

Zenaida Pastrana from Tlapa, Guerrero in Mexico spent nine years in prison for a crime she claimed she did not commit. 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 and Nigeria. Watch

Staff

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Stephanie Platz

Managing Director, Programs
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Mary R. Page

Director, Human Rights

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

Program Officer

Liliane Loya

Deputy Director, Mexico
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Eric Sears

Senior Program Officer
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Quinn Hanzel

Program Assistant
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Phillis D. Hollice

Program Administrator
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Ken Lee

Coordinator

Media Contact

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Meredith Klein

Senior Communications Officer

Evaluation Contact

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Joanna Cohen

Program Officer, Evaluation