About - RightsInfo

RightsInfo builds knowledge and support for human rights

What we do

RightsInfo builds knowledge and support for human rights in the UK by producing engaging, accessible and beautifully-presented online human rights content. In two years, we have created a new digital media space for human rights, featuring award-winning  infographics, storiesvideos and explainers. Our work now reaches over a million people every week.

Human rights protect us against injustice. They make our society fairer and more equal. But the human rights system remains fragile. Understanding of and support for human rights in the UK is low. RightsInfo’s mission is to change that.

We launched on 21 April 2015 and were granted charitable status in May 2016 (Charity No. 1167370), having been initially hosted by a charity called Global Dialogue. We have won a UK Blog Award, the Plain English Communicator Award and a Smart Screen Creative Award. We’ve also been officially selected for the Oscars of the animation world, the 2017 Annecy International Animation Festival.

Who we are

RightsInfo was founded by lawyer Adam Wagner, who also set up the acclaimed UK Human Rights Blog, and our Chief Executive is Julia Kirby-Smith. We have a fantastic team of volunteers and staff who you can read about below.

Our trustees

Our trustees are Ali Torabi (Chair), Andie Lloyd (Treasurer), Jo Tenzer, Allison Kahn and Laura Oliver.

How to keep updated

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Who funds us

Our funding is almost entirely through charitable foundations: the Thomas Paine Initiative, the Legal Education Foundation, the Allen & Overy Foundation, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. The remainder is through private giving.

How you can support us

Please consider making a small contribution, ideally on a regular basis. As a small charity with a big impact, we guarantee that even a few pounds will go a long way to helping human rights in the UK.

Your are free to use our resources for non-commercial purposes

The resources on the site – including videos and infographics – are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Full details here, but in short feel free to use them in their original form as long as they are attributed and you are not making money from our stuff.

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Adam Wagner

Founder and Strategic Director

Adam Wagner

Adam is the founder and Strategic Director of RightsInfo. In his day job, he is a barrister specialising in human rights law and is well known for his human rights communications work on social and mainstream media. In 2010 he set up the hugely successful UK Human Rights Blog.

@adamwagner1

Natalia Rymaszewska

Interim Chief Executive

Natalia has worked in the charity sector for more than a decade, most recently serving as the Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Executive of the London Legal Support Trust for five years. She also serves as a director of LegalVoice, an online magazine about access to justice aimed to support the not-for-profit legal sector. With a background of collaborative development, she has worked with a number of front line organisations, alongside colleagues at the National Pro Bono Centre including the Access to Justice Foundation, and previously worked at the Bar Pro Bono Unit.

@natalia_rym

Julia Kirby-Smith

Chief Executive

Julia Kirby-Smith

Julia is an award-winning broadcast journalist and digital media specialist. She has worked at ITV News and Sky News, held senior roles at Channel 4 News, and was part of the Editorial team for Channel 4’s BAFTA-winning coverage of the 2012 London Paralympics. She has won awards for her documentaries about domestic violence, Ebola and asylum seekers. With experience on both the journalism and management sides of media businesses, she also has a track record of using storytelling and digital media to create social change.

@juliakirbysmith

Sarah Wishart

Creative Director

Sarah Wishart is RightsInfo’s first full-time creative director. She has a passion for telling digital stories through photography, film, and animation and a background in the theatre and performance making. She has worked in PR and marketing roles in think tanks, education sector and in the media. She is a noisy advocate for social justice projects that bring about significant change, and in particular for human rights

@sarahwishart

Jem Collins

News and Social Media Editor

Jem is the News and Social Media Editor at RightsInfo. She is also passionate about helping young people into the media and runs Journo Resources, a free resources project, as well as serving as a trustee of the Student Publication Association. She is also one of the co-founders of The Second Source, a group to help end harassment in the media.

@jem_collins

Jack Satchell

Video Producer

Jack Satchell

Jack is the resident Video Producer at RightsInfo. He has a degree in film production and his work has previously premiered at film festivals. He's passionate about using the arts to affect real change.

@jack_satchell

Atoosa Khatiri

Project Coordinator

Atoosa Khatiri

Currently Atoosa works part-time in a legal charity coordinating a pro bono project. She also volunteers at Liberty and studies the Human Rights LLM at Birkbeck University. Previously she worked in a refugee charity and volunteered with the Anti-Trafficking & Labour Exploitation Unit.

@atoosask

Benjamin Lowrie

Digital Producer

Benjamin Lowrie

Benjamin is the Digital Producer at RightsInfo. He studied BA English at the University of Southampton and works as a freelance writer.

@benjaminlowrie

Natasha Holcroft-Emmess

Site Editor

Natasha studied BA Jurisprudence and the BCL at Oxford University. She qualified as a solicitor at a London law firm before returning to Oxford to undertake an MPhil, researching international human rights law.

@NHEwrites

Katie Jukes

Site Editor

Katie Jukes is a Senior Lecturer in Constitutional and Administrative Law at BPP’s Law School in Leeds. She is a passionate believer in the protection of human rights and in communicating accurate, comprehensive information on human rights to the public.

Dylan Brethour

Site Editor

Dylan is a freelance journalist and editor living in London. She has an MA in Transnational Studies from University College London. Dylan is interested in how the media can work to support human rights.

@DylanBrethour

Daniel Charity

Site Editor

Daniel is studying for an LLB in Law with French at the University of Leeds. He recently studied at the Universite Lyon III for a year, studying French Law. He is interested in European Human Rights law, and the UK Constitution.

@dfcharity

Saxon Norgard

Site Editor

Saxon Norgard

Saxon is one of RightsInfo's volunteer Site Editors and a future trainee solicitor in London. Originally hailing from Australia, his interests lie in family law, international affairs and human rights.

@SaxonNorgard

Harvey Slade

Site Editor

Harvey Slade

Harvey is a Law graduate currently studying for an LLM in Human Rights Law at the University of Nottingham. He has focused his studies around prisoners' rights and the role of dignity as a concept underpinning human rights.

@harveyslade1

Anna Dannreuther

Project Volunteer

Anna Dannreuther is part of the RightsInfo volunteer team. She has interned at the European and Inter-American Courts of Human Rights and is currently training as a solicitor in London.

@ADNNspeaks

Hayley Chapman

Project Volunteer

Hayley has a BA in History from Jesus College, Cambridge. After studying the GDL she spent 6 months with human rights charity Reprieve working on a re-sentencing project for Malawian prisoners facing the death penalty. She now works at law firm Leigh Day.

@HayleyChapman5

Jay Crush

Project Volunteer

Jay has an LLB (Hons) from the University of Bristol and an MA in Politics from the University of Kent. From there, he went on to be an Election Agent in the 2015 General Election and now works for a Member of Parliament.

Benson Egwuonwu

Project Volunteer

Benson holds a B.A. in Jurisprudence from St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from BPP Law School. Previously, he volunteered for the Anti-Trafficking Legal Project, where he researched human trafficking in the Philippines.

Emma Frank-Gwinnell

Project Volunteer

Emma is a law student who is especially interested in international law, human trafficking and slavery. She currently leads a Students Against Slavery network.

@emmagwinnell

Michael Goldin

Project Volunteer

Michael works at the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants assisting with immigration and asylum applications and appeals and is also studying for the LPC. He holds an MA in Legal and Political Theory.

@MJGoldin

Sam Grant

Project Volunteer

Sam is the Campaigns Manager for René Cassin, the Jewish human rights organisation. Sam has an MSc in Human Rights from LSE.

@Sammy_G1988

Rebecca Hacker

Project Volunteer

Rebecca is a Classics graduate and is currently studying for a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). She is passionate about human rights and empowerment through education, and has worked with survivors of torture and forced displacement in the UK, Switzerland and Jordan.

Alice Haynes

Project Volunteer

Alice is training as a solicitor and will qualify as a commercial litigator. Alice regularly volunteers for pro bono initiatives such as Manuel Bravo Project, providing legal representation to asylum seekers, and pro bono research for charities like Refugee Action and Unicef.

Sian Lea

Project Volunteer

Sian Lea

Sian is currently the Senior Programme Manager with Shiva Foundation, an anti-trafficking organisation. She has an MA in Human Rights from UCL and Graduate Diploma in Law. Previously she worked in anti-trafficking in Cambodia.

@@SianLea

Corallina Lopez-Curzi

Project Volunteer

Corallina holds a LLM cum laude (Roma3) and a MA with merits in human rights (UCL). She currently works as Program Assistant at the Italian Coalition for Civil Rights and Freedoms (CILD) and as Assistant Researcher on criminal justice issues at Antigone (where she is also member of the National Prisons Observatory). She writes about human rights for RightsInfo and the European Liberties Platform.

@corallinaLC

Anirudth Mathur

Project Volunteer

Anirudh worked as a researcher for the Justice Verma Committee (on reform of Indian law on sexual violence). He has written for international print media, also interviewing the Dalai Lama. He is a founding trustee of the Justice Verma Foundation.

Olivia Percival

Project Volunteer

Olivia is a qualified solicitor who has worked in private practice and for the Government Legal Service. She is currently working at the Council of Europe.

James Reynolds

Project Volunteer

James manages programmes for a charity called ISLP-UK, a network of lawyers working on key international development issues.   Before joining ISLP, James was a corporate tax lawyer at Allen & Overy.

Jake Richards

Project Volunteer

Jake is currently studying law, whilst working as a Political and Legislative Adviser in Parliament. He is a Lord Bowen Scholar at Lincoln’s Inn and a Churchill Fellow.

Rachel Schon

Project Volunteer

Rachel Schon studied Theology at Cambridge and then completed a graduate fellowship at Yale which introduced her to law and social science. She has worked as a researcher at The Young Foundation, specialising in social innovation and social enterprise, and now works at the Helen Bamber Foundation.

@rachelschon

Rachel Sullivan

Project Volunteer

Rachel is currently a BPTC student at City University and intends to practise at the Bar of England and Wales.

Naomi Webber

Project Volunteer

Naomi completed her law degree at Oxford and LLM at UCL. She is now an undergraduate teaching fellow at UCL and LSE and will commence pupillage in 2018.

@naomiruthwebber

Karina Weller

Project Volunteer

Karina is a law reporter for LexisNexis, principally covering the Administrative Court and European Court of Human Rights. She holds Bachelors degrees in Arts and Law, and a Diploma in Forensic Psychology.She is fascinated by international criminal law.

@WellerKarina

Vanesa D'Ortenzio

Volunteer Graphic Designer

Vanesa is a graphic and web designer based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was formally educated in Graphic Design and Multimedia Arts. Vanesa works for a Mutual Organization and she is especially interested in human rights, open data and social design.

Miranda Badminton

Project Volunteer

Miranda Badminton

Miranda is (almost) a graduate law student from the University of Sheffield, and will be continuing her studies in London. She is interested in all aspects of human rights law, particularly regarding gender, sexuality, intersexuality and refugee law.

Preetika Mathur

Project Volunteer

Preetika Mathur

Preetika holds a law degree from the University of Oxford and an LLM from The LSE. She has previously worked at UN Women, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and in the Office of the UN Secretary General. Preetika has also represented numerous individuals in Social Security Tribunal Hearings and is training to be a barrister.

Hannah Johnson

Project Volunteer

Hannah Johnson is a senior parliamentary researcher at the National Assembly for Wales, specialising in equality, human rights, poverty and social security. She has worked on international parliamentary strengthening for the United Nations Development Programme in Fiji, co-runs the award-winning We Are Cardiff blog, runs a small publishing house called the We Are Cardiff Press, and spends the rest of her time on an aerial trapeze.

@hana_j87

Rose Ireland

Project Volunteer

Rose Ireland

Rose currently works as a Research Assistant at the Law Commission. She completed a Law LLB and Human Rights LLM at the University of Bristol and Edinburgh respectively. She has previously worked at the UCL Centre for Access to Justice and United Nations House Scotland, as well as charities nationally and internationally.

Cathryn Evans

Project Volunteer

Cathryn Evans

Cathryn is undertaking a Criminal Justice LLM at QMUL, following her LLB at UCL. She will start her BPTC at City in September and hopes to practice at the criminal bar. Prior to becoming a law student she worked for Labour MP Chris Smith, and as a headhunter in the City. She has a longstanding interest in civil liberties issues.

Rebecca Wright

Project Volunteer

Rebecca Wright

Rebecca is a barrister and human rights lecturer at the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice (Sheffield Hallam). She has worked as a human rights lawyer in countries including Egypt, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Syria. She is a trustee of Freedom from Torture and The Schools Consent Project. She wrote her PhD on the suffragettes.

@rebwright

Catherine Inkster

Project Volunteer

Catherine Inkster

Catherine has more than a decade of professional experience in international sports politics, marketing and communications, working predominantly for bid campaigns, organising committees and international governing bodies. She has a personal interest in human rights advocacy, dating from her days as a student journalist in the UK and France.

@Inkster_sport

Ruth Campbell

Project Volunteer

Ruth Campbell

Ruth graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA in Jurisprudence before completing a Masters in Medical Law and Ethics at King’s College. She works for a national medical organisation in the Medical Ethics and Human Rights Department, where she leads on policy relating to end of life issues and health in detention.

Libby Attwood

Project Volunteer

Libby Attwood

Libby is a solicitor who specialised in commercial litigation for more than ten years. On leaving private practice, she obtained an LLM in Human Rights and now combines motherhood with pro-bono work for legal advice centres and voluntary work for human rights organisations

Laura McDonald

Project Volunteer

Laura McDonald

Laura has a BA in history from Cambridge and a MSc in international development from LSE. She worked in the Centre of Thematic Expertise in Migration at the European Commission and will be starting the Graduate Diploma in Law in September. She has a particular interest in women's rights.

Carina Trimingham

Project Volunteer

Carina Trimingham

A former political journalist in Britain and a broadcaster in the USA, Carina later became a media advisor to Amnesty International and several leading politicians. She recently completed a Law degree and LPC and is now a paralegal in London.

Paul Caira

Project Volunteer

Paul Caira

Paul Caira is a teacher and writer. He holds a degree in Mathematics from London University, and studied the BPTC at City Law School. He was called to the Bar in 2015, and blogs about a variety of legal and political topics, including Brexit, sex law, sexual politics and gender politics.

@paul_caira

Cate Brown

Project Volunteer

Cate Brown

Cate Brown qualified as a solicitor in 2016, training in private practice. She is passionate about ensuring that ordinary people have the access and know-how to enforce their legal rights. Currently working as a freelance journalist, Cate has written for The New European and The Week.

@brown_cate

Anna Mazzola

Sub-Editor

Anna Mazzola is a solicitor at Bindmans, as well as a published author. She works as one of RightsInfo’s weekday sub-editors.

@Anna_Mazz_Law

Ellie Collins

Volunteer Illustrator

Ellie Collins

Ellie is an illustrator based in Bristol. She is a Geography graduate and works for a charity supporting people with learning disabilities. She created La Via Campesina’s International Women’s Day poster in 2015 and is especially interested in the rights and wellbeing of rural communities.

Skye Baker

Volunteer Illustrator

Skye Baker

Skye Baker is an illustrator, photographer and writer from South London. She is currently studying at leeds college of art. She is especially fascinated by colour, untold stories and the power of social change.