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Freedom House

Washington D.C., United States
Joined March 2021

Freedom House is founded on the core conviction that freedom flourishes in democratic nations where governments are accountable to their people; the rule of law prevails.

Presence in: Kenya, Lithuania, Mexico, Uganda, United States
Focus: Policy Advocacy

Freedom House is founded on the core conviction that freedom flourishes in democratic nations where governments are accountable to their people; the rule of law prevails; and freedoms of expression, association, and belief, as well as respect for the rights of women, minority communities, and historically marginalized groups, are guaranteed.

We speak out against the main threats to democracy and empower citizens to exercise their fundamental rights through a unique combination of analysis, advocacy, and direct support to frontline defenders of freedom, especially those working in closed authoritarian societies.

Freedom House produces research and reports on a number of core thematic issues related to democracy, political rights and civil liberties. Our research and analysis frame the policy debate in the United States and abroad on the progress and decline of freedom. Freedom House’s flagship publication Freedom in the World is the standard-setting comparative assessment of global political rights and civil liberties. Freedom House also produces several annual reports, including Freedom on the NetNations in TransitFreedom and the Media,  and several Special Reports.  Freedom House advances the efforts of people around the world to live in freedom and exercise their rights. We do this, even in the most politically restrictive contexts, by building long-term relationships with local human rights defenders and advocates for democracy.

Freedom House’s programs support human rights and democracy advocates in their efforts to promote open government, defend human rights, strengthen civil society and facilitate the free flow of information and ideas. Freedom House primarily assists through grant-giving, emergency support, capacity-building programming, trainings, international exchange programs, and networking activities. In addition, Freedom House helps through advocacy and visible demonstrations of solidarity on behalf of counterparts abroad.

People Associated With This Organization

Sheryl Mendez

United States  
Freedom House
Joined March 2021
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Other
Sheryl Mendez has worked for over twelve years, providing emergency assistance, logistical support, and advocacy in support of human rights defenders and journalists at risk worldwide. Currently, she is a Senior Program Manager to Freedom House's Emergency Assistance Program. The program provides support to human rights defenders and civil society organizations who are at-risk due to their human rights work. Before joining Freedom House, Mendez worked with the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), engineering, and implementing a program of direct emergency assistance to journalists at risk. Currently, she is on the Advisory Board of the Defenders in Development Campaign and is an active member of the Coalition of Human Rights in Development and The Defend the Defenders Coalition (DD Coalition).

Mendez is a founder of The Crimes of War Project and a research editor of the critically acclaimed book, Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know (WW Norton).
Sheryl Mendez is the network champion (main point of contact) for Freedom House.

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