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International Accountability Project

New York, United States
Joined February 2016
Presence in: Brazil, Malawi, Thailand, Uganda, United States
Focus: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Land & Natural Resources

IAP works for a world in which all people can shape the decisions that affect their homes, environment and communities.

IAP is a human rights advocacy organization that seeks to end forced eviction and create new global policy and practice for development that respects people’s homes, environment and human rights.

Our two main areas of work, Change the Rules and Support the Frontlines, have four programmatic initiatives.

In total, IAP works to win policy change, boost local advocacy efforts, and support grassroots activists and communities to access influential decision-making spaces. We seek to advance development principles and projects that prioritize human rights.

IAP gives strategic advice and tools for resistance directly to communities and organizations addressing the funders of harmful development projects. IAP uses the knowledge it gains from individual campaigns to advance broader human rights protections at international and regional banks.

People Associated With This Organization

Alexandre Andrade Sampaio

Brazil  
International Accountability Project
Joined September 2016
Interests: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Education, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Housing & Sanitation, Land & Natural Resources, Other, Peace-building, Traditional / Customary Justice
I'm a lawyer and activist working as policy and programs coordinator for IAP in the LAC region.

Jocelyn Medallo

Malaysia  
International Accountability Project
Joined July 2020
Interests: Environmental Justice
Deputy Director at the International Accountability Project. Environmental and human rights lawyer and activist committed to community-led development, right to information, and access to justice.

Jocelyn Medallo

Thailand  
International Accountability Project
Joined March 2012

John Mwebe

Uganda  
International Accountability Project
Joined August 2017
Interests: Access to Information, Environmental Justice, Labor & Employment, Land & Natural Resources
John works for the International Accountability Project advocating for the rights of people or communities affected by the implementation of harmful development projects.

Ryan Schlief

United States  
International Accountability Project
Joined September 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Economic Empowerment, Environmental Justice, Governance, Land & Natural Resources, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
Ryan Schlief is the Executive Director of IAP. A life-long activist, Ryan has led local and global human rights campaigns specializing in economic and social rights for 15 years. He has lived and worked around the world and is most at home where the food is good. He is a specialist in forced evictions and campaign organizing.

He continually asks, “What if development were designed and lived by the same people?”

At WITNESS, Ryan led a three-year global campaign integrating video and technology into national campaigns to end forced evictions. The campaign supported 24 campaigns and trained 144 people to use video to end forced evictions. At the headquarters of Amnesty International in London, Ryan managed global campaigns on human rights in India and Southeast Asia and contributed to the organization’s approach on economic an social rights. Ryan got his start as a local community organizer in the US (yeah CAAR!) and as a staff person (and self-appointed mentee) of progressive political leader, US Senator Paul Wellstone – who always said, “We all do better, when we all do better.”

Ryan received his MA in international law from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, where he focused on economic, social and cultural rights and comparative constitutional law in Africa and Asia. He was named the 2011 Humanitarian of the Year by his alma mater, the University of St. Thomas. He studied in England, Ghana, Germany and India.

Ryan serves on the Steering Committee of the Bank on Human Rights Coalition – an international network of more than 50 organizations demanding human rights in development finance. rightsindevelopment.org

Thien Hoang

Vietnam  
International Accountability Project (Unverified)
Joined March 2019
Thien Hoang is a community organizer and communication specialist based in Thailand, at the International Accountability Project.

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Tom Weerachat

Thailand  
International Accountability Project
Joined February 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Governance, Land & Natural Resources
Tom Weerachat is a community trainer, teacher, traveler, and Mekong activist hailing from Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he currently lives and works. As the Asia-Pacific Program Coordinator for the International Accountability Project, Tom supports local communities and civil society groups assert their right to information and meaningful participation in development processes. Tom has many years of experience working with local communities on community-led research and advocacy in Southeast and South Asia. Tom has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Chiang Mai University.

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