The Media Foundation for West Africa works to promote, defend, and protect, freedom of expression for media, communication professionals, and human rights defenders. Sulemana Braimah is an expert in media and human rights issues, has facilitated workshops at the Pan African Conference on Access to Information, and serves on the governing council of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange.
Wisconsin Jobs Now is a nonprofit organization committed to fighting income inequality from the bottom up and building stronger communities throughout Wisconsin. The organization's youngest executive director, Jennifer Epps-Addison brings fifteen years of advocacy experience. She was the lead organizer behind Milwaukee's historic MORE Ordinance, a campaign which won the city of Milwaukee top prize in the National League of Cities' Cultural Diversity Awards.
Puente is part of the global movement for migrant justice and human rights, working to empower migrant communities and build bridges with various organizations and individuals. Carlos Garcia has an extensive career in grassroots mobilization and advocacy, including as a labor organizer with United Food and Commercial Workers. In 2007, he helped create Puente and has since become a key voice in the national struggle against retrograde immigration enforcement policies and practices.
The Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights strives to defend human rights through strategic litigation, information, and collaboration with individuals, state institutions, and international organizations. Jose Guevara has a mix of government, academic, and NGO experience. He has held positions as the Human Rights Minister at the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the UN and Deputy Director General for Human Rights and Democracy at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Article 19 campaigns with activists around the world to ensure the freedom of expression and access to information are protected as fundamental human rights. Thomas Hughes brings fifteen years of experience advocating for press freedom, media development, and human rights issues. He joins Article 19 following his positions as Deputy Director of International Media Support and founder of Media Frontiers, an organization which runs an international advertising network for online news media from human rights repressed countries.
Expert-Grup is a Moldovan non-governmental organization that specializes in economic research and works to promote the public interest and advancement of Moldova's development. Adrian Lupusor has been involved with the Expert-Grup in a variety of capacities, most recently as programs director. He has helped Expert-Grup become Moldova's premier economic think tank by tackling some of the country's most pressing geo-political issues, including analyzing the benefits of joining the EU and the impact of a Russia-led Customs Union.
The Vera Institute of Justice combines expertise in research, demonstration projects, and technical assistance to help leaders in government and civil society improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety. Nick Turner returns to Vera following his time as a managing director at The Rockefeller Foundation, where he was a member of the senior leadership team and a co-leader of its global urban efforts. He provided strategic direction on initiatives such as transportation policy reform in the U.S. to promote social, economic, and environmental interests, and redevelopment in New Orleans to advance racial and socioeconomic integration.
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