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Jillian Winkler

United States  
Open Society Justice Initiative
Joined July 2019
Interests: Citizenship & Identification, Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Livelihoods, Right to Information, Women's Rights
I studied Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, focusing on refugee rights. From that, my focus has been working with civil society groups in improving the progress of human rights for all, in particular, the most targeted and vulnerable groups. I have worked in both refugee rights and with political dissidents, then moved to grassroots organizing, where I led campaigns for various nonprofit organizations, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, Doctors Without Borders, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Currently I work as a Program Coordinator within the Open Society Justice Initiative, within the Economic Justice and Civic Space project teams. Through both my past and current experience, I want to explore how economic justice and civic space issues affect women and refugees in particular, while using a participatory method to ensure the inclusion of affected communities in the work being done. I believe that engaging in community engagement and mobilization will not only create a more sustainable path in human rights progress, but is the most transparent, sincere method in ensuring that those working in this field know the needs of the vulnerable communities for whom we are working. Affected communities must be involved in decision making, after all, it is their lives who are affected the most.

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