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Fund for Global Human Rights

Washington, United States
Joined March 2021

The Fund for Global Human Rights equips grassroots activists with the financial and strategic support they need to improve lives, mobilize movements, and build a better future for their communities.

Presence in: American Samoa (United States), United Kingdom, United States
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Gender-based violence, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Policy Advocacy & Governance, Women's Rights

The Fund for Global Human Rights equips grassroots activists across the globe with the financial and strategic support they need to improve lives, mobilize movements, and build a better future for their communities. Since 2002, the Fund has raised and invested over $100 million into the work of community activists in more than 25 countries, providing these bold local leaders with the funding, tools, and contacts they need to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges. As a result, millions of people worldwide now have access to basic resources and opportunities to participate fully and equally in society.

The Fund provides long-term financial support to sustain local human rights groups, technical assistance to strengthen their abilities, and emergency grants to keep them safe when their security is threatened. It organizes convenings where defenders exchange knowledge and brainstorm solutions to common challenges faced across countries or regions. And it helps raise the visibility of activists in international fora by facilitating media interviews, supporting their participation in key summits, and promoting their voices through its community of supporters.

The issues the Fund works on are defined by the organizations it supports. Many of these groups are working to end violence and discrimination against marginalized communities, particularly women, children, LGBTQ people, and migrants. Several are focused on advancing justice for past or current human rights violations. And others protect communities whose land, water, and livelihoods are threatened by exploitative development projects.

The Fund envisions a world where all people live with dignity and can secure their rights. By investing in those on the front lines of human rights struggles, the Fund helps build stronger, more resilient movements that can take on abusive actors—and win.

People Associated With This Organization

Atieno Odhiambo

Kenya  
Fund for Global Human Rights
Joined April 2021
Interests: Environmental Justice, Land & Natural Resources, Policy Advocacy & Governance, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
I am a lawyer whose work focuses on human rights, democracy and governance. I am the new Director for the Legal Empowerment Fund. Prior to this, I was the Technical Lead – Africa for the Center for Reproductive Rights, a global legal advocacy organization dedicated to advancing reproductive rights. Between 2014 and 2019, I served as the Chief of Party (Kenya) for Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG) a global pro bono law firm that that provides legal assistance to states, governments and civil society organizations. Before taking up my position at PILPG, I worked for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Kenya. Prior to joining the Supreme Court of Kenya, I worked on immigrant and human rights issues in Washington State at Microsoft Corporation, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and Columbia Legal Services. I am very interested in environmental justice and look forward to connecting with people and organizations that are working in the legal empowerment fora. Above all, I am a perpetual idealist and global citizen and fiercely passionate about building a better, more just and inclusive world.

Indhira Prego

United States  
Fund for Global Human Rights
Joined March 2021
Interests: Corruption, Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Women's Rights
Indhira Prego-Raveneau is the Learning & Assessment manager at the Fund for Global Human Rights. Indhira holds a BA in Political Science and French and a Master's in Nonprofit Management from the Autonomous University of Madrid. She has lived and worked in Spain, Colombia and in the US.

Martine Louis

United States  
Fund for Global Human Rights
Joined August 2021
I am a grants management professional, managing grantmaking operations at the Fund for Global Human Rights.

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