MACARTHUR FOUNDATION: Human Rights and International Justice Program

Humanities & Arts
Social Sciences
Latin America

The Human Rights and International Justice Program seeks to strengthen human rights protections, advance government accountability, and improve the reach and quality of justice.  Our grantmaking aims to defend freedom of expression and enhance criminal justice globally, with a special focus on Mexico, Nigeria, and Russia.  

Our new strategy builds on this work, while responding to trends and opportunities that have emerged in the field in recent years:  Increasing threats to freedom of speech and association, ranging from intensified attacks on frontline human rights defenders to the rise of national laws that restrict the ability for civil society to operate. Assertive citizen movements calling for greater government accountability and demanding more protection of basic rights. Growing demands for localizing accountability for atrocity crimes and expanding access to justice. Rapid advancement in communications media that is altering the way human rights advocates monitor violations, collect and manage data, and communicate with colleagues and the public. Grantmaking takes account of these trends through a strategy that is framed by two pillars: defending freedom of expression and enhancing criminal justice.  There is an emphasis on accountability as essential to securing human rights and a focus on leveraging technology to advance the work.

The program receives and considers submissions on a rolling basis throughout the year.