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Uncalculated Risks: How funders can address threats to human rights defenders in development


Jan 14, 2020 09:34 AM

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Gretchen Gordon
Coordinator @Coalition for Human Rights in Development
Gretchen Gordon is the Coordinator of the Coalition for Human Rights in Development, a global coalition working to ensure that development is community-led and that it respects, protects, and fulfills human rights. The Coalition hosts the Defenders in Development Campaign which brings together human rights defenders with development accountability and defender protection groups to address increasing threats and attacks against defenders in development contexts.
Sheryl Mendez
Senior Program Manager @Freedom House
Sheryl Mendez has worked for over a decade, 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.
Gregory Tzeutschler Regaignon
Program Officer @Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
Greg joined Wellspring Philanthropic Fund as Program Officer for International Human Rights in 2017, and oversees its support for work to hold companies and financial institutions accountable for their human rights impacts. He previously spent nearly 14 years at Business & Human Rights Resource Centre. As Research Director, Greg managed the Resource Centre’s Africa team; oversaw its Corporate Legal Accountability Project; and led its work on natural resources, and on the UN Guiding Principles and other UN processes. He holds an MA in African Studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS and a law degree from Columbia University.