Best Practices for Supporting Human Rights Defenders: The U.S. Government’s Experience

6 December 2021  11:00 - 12:00

Virtual Event | Organised by Oxfam America and EarthRights International | Held in United States in English with translation into Spanish
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Advancing respect for human rights
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As countries around the world experience declining freedom and shrinking civic space, human rights defenders face increased attacks, surveillance, and harassment in retaliation for their work. This event is an opportunity for civil society to learn more about the role that the U.S. government and Congress can play in supporting human rights defenders, what resources are currently available, and where gaps exist.


  • Lisa Peterson, Acting Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U.S. Department of State
  • Charlotte Oldham-Moore, Senior Professional Staff Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
  • Alfred Brownell, Inaugural Beau Biden Chair at the Institute of International Education Scholar Rescue Fund, Recipient of the Goldman Prize, Visiting Human Rights Fellow at Yale Law School, and formerly Associate Research Professor at Northeastern University School of Law.
  • Helena Hofbauer, Director of International Civic Engagement and Government Program, Ford Foundation

Moderator: Tawanda Mutasah, Vice President of Global Partnerships and Impact, Oxfam America