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.

Our story

RightsInfo was founded by lawyer Adam Wagner, who also set up the acclaimed UK Human Rights Blog. The brand and creative model was developed with Founding Creative Director Yoav Segal. We launched on 21 April 2015 and became a charity in May 2016 (Charity No. 1167370).

In 2017 we grew to a full-time staff of five, including CEO Julia Kirby-Smith and Creative Director Sarah Wishart. We have a fantastic team of volunteers and employees who you can read about below.

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 and were shortlisted for the 2017 D&AD Impact Awards.

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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.

Using our resources

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. All we ask is that you drop us a quick email to info@rightsinfo.org to let us know that you have used something and how you used it.

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The core office team at RightsInfo is a small group of dedicated and creative individuals from a range of sectors, and with a wealth of experience. Together we are passionate about building knowledge, understanding and support for human rights.

Julia Kirby-Smith

Chief Executive

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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 editorial and management sides of media businesses, she also has a track record of using storytelling and digital media to create social change. Julia received a BA in English from Magdalene College, Cambridge and a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism from City University.

Adam Wagner

Founder and strategic director

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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.

Sarah Wishart

Creative Director

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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

Jack Satchell

Video Producer

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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.

Jem Collins

News and Social Media Editor

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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.

Atoosa Khatiri

Project Coordinator

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Atoosa is the projects and partnerships coordinator at RightsInfo. She also studies an LLM in Human Rights and works part-time in a legal charity coordinating a pro bono project. Previously she volunteered for RightsInfo as a writer.

Benjamin Lowrie

Digital Producer

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

Supporting our office team are our wonderful volunteers who give their time, energy and considerable skill to help change the conversation around human rights. Our volunteers include writers, students, lawyers, illustrators and many others, mostly working remotely on an ad hoc basis to contribute content, ideas and expertise. If you are interested in volunteering with us, you can register to hear when we are recruiting here

Abby Buttle

Writer

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Abby is currently studying on the BCL at the University of Oxford, having completed her LLB at the London School of Economics. She is particularly interested in disability rights, mental health and mental capacity law. She is also School Speaker for Amnesty International and has experience volunteering at a number of human rights charities.

Adriana Urbano

Journalist

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Adriana Urbano is a freelance journalist with a dual Italian and British background. She holds a degree in Philosophy and Politics from the University of Exeter and spent a year studying at Sciences Po, Paris. Originally from Sicily, she specialises in organised crime migration crisis in the Mediterranean and is the creator of "The Other Reporting" a blog chronicling issues surrounding racism and marginalisation. She has also collaborated with the Sunday Times.
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Alex Peplow

Writer

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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.

Anirudh Mathur

Writer

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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.

Anna Dannreuther

Writer

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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.

Benson Egwuonwu

Writer

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Benson holds a BA in jurisprudence from St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from BPP Law School. He is part of the RightsInfo volunteer team.

Carina Trimingham

Writer

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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.

Caroline Green

Journalist

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Caroline is a human rights professional and freelance journalist with a passion for human rights in later life. She is currently completing her PhD on human rights and care homes at King's College London. Caroline has a background in human rights and international development, specifically working on projects in Bangladesh, Nepal and Mongolia.

Cate Brown

Writer

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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.

Catherine Inkster

Writer

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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.

Cathryn Evans

Writer

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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.

Catriona Aitken

Journalist

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Catriona is currently in her penultimate year studying International Relations at the University of St Andrews. Her honours modules include: Human Rights, International Organisations, and Rebellion and Revolution. Catriona is a Deputy Features Editor at The Saint independent student newspaper and, back home in Aberdeenshire, she has previously written for Aberdeen Journals, and worked as a Digital Communications Assistant at Aberdeen International Youth Festival

Charlie Duffield

Journalist

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Charlie Duffield is a freelance journalist based in London. She previously worked as a reporter for The Santiago Times in Chile, and digital writer for Revista Revolver. She has also written for outlets including Debut Careers, Hiive, The Mix, Eat Out and Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network. She graduated with a degree in international history from the University of Leeds.

Corallina Lopez Curzi

Writer

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Corallina holds a LLM (Roma3) and a MA in Human Rights (UCL). She has been working for some years in human rights NGOs and international organizations - focusing on migrant and refugee rights, immigration detention and foreigners in the criminal justice system.

Daniel Charity

Site Editor

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

Dylan Brethour

Site Editor

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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.

Eilidh Turnbull

Writer

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Eilidh is currently studying the Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Glasgow and hopes to practice in the area of human rights and asylum law. She has an LLM in Human Rights and Migration and a great deal of practical experience working in the asylum support sector. She is passionate about making human rights accessible for those who need them most and opening up the human rights conversation past academic circles. In her spare time, she loves to travel and experiment in the kitchen.

Ellie Collins

Illustrator

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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.

Emma Gwinnell

Guest Author

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Emma Gwinnell is a law student who is especially interested in international law, human trafficking and slavery. She currently leads the Liberty Asia Students Against Slavery network and is part of the RightsInfo volunteer team.

Ewan Somerville

Journalist

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Ewan studies Politics and International Relations at The University of Sheffield and aims to pursue a career in political journalism. He is passionate about upholding human rights and ensuring universal goals remain sensitive to local issues/countries.

Gemma McNeil-Walsh

Writer

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Gemma is currently studying the BPTC at City Law School and is the Bingham Scholar at Gray’s Inn. She is interested in public law, with a particular focus on the intersection between human rights, technology and the challenges of the Internet age.

Hannah Dawson

Journalist

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Hannah is a finalist at the University of Cambridge studying History. She has edited two Cambridge student newspapers, and has a keen interest in human rights. Her undergraduate research focused on the historical relationship between human rights activists and the media.

Hannah Johnson

Writer

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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.
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Hannah Solel

Writer

Harvey Slade

Site Editor

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Harvey has an LLB (Hons) in Law and an LLM in Human Rights Law from the University of Nottingham. He is currently working as a Scientific Expert for the Council of Europe having recently completed an internship at an international non-governmental organisation.

Hayley Chapman

Writer

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Hayley is a Legal Fellow at International Justice Mission, the world's largest anti-slavery charity, where she works specifically on cases of cybersex trafficking of children. Before joining IJM Hayley worked at Leigh Day in the Personal Injury department, and volunteered with the human rights charity Reprieve. Hayley holds a BA in History from Cambridge University and studied law as a Cohen scholar at BPP University and a Lord Brougham scholar at Lincoln's Inn.

Hoda Hashem

Writer

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Hoda is a second year Law student at Durham University and a Team Leader for the pro bono project Access to Justice, where students review cases of prisoners who maintain their innocence, with the aim to send applications on their behalf to the CCRC. She has also previously volunteered for the homelessness charity Shelter and is interested in anti-discrimination, privacy and counter-terrorism law, especially in relation to public law and human rights.

Jack Barber

Writer

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Jack is currently studying for a Graduate Diploma in Law at City University, as well sitting on the Youth Advisory Board for Index on Censorship.

Jake Richards

Writer

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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.

Jay Crush

Writer

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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.

Joseph Latimer

Writer

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Joe wants to go into criminal defence and is currently completing his GDL whilst working at Citizens Advice. He is fascinated by critical perspectives on law and human rights and presented his BA thesis research on the topic at a conference organised by the Sussex Centre of Human Rights in January 2017. He is an active member of the Haldane Society and Young Legal Aid Lawyers and fantasises about a world where people earn piles of cash through legal aid.

Karina Weller

Writer

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Karina is a law reporter for LexisNexis. She holds Bachelors degrees in Arts and Law, and a Diploma in Forensic Psychology.She is fascinated by international criminal law.

Laura McDonald

Writer

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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.

Lauren Wade

Journalist

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A current Journalism undergraduate at the University of Sussex, Lauren has previously written for The Telegraph, NME, The Line of Best Fit, London inStereo and more. At age 15, Lauren started a music site, Rock Revolver, due to the disappointing lack of journalism opportunities in her seaside hometown. After moving to Brighton for University a few years ago, Lauren made the decision to broaden her content and introduce lifestyle, fashion, beauty, travel and more. She was also Music Editor of Sussex’s Student-run weekly newspaper, The Badger, for two years.

Libby Attwood

Writer

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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

Liz Matthews

Writer

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British Iranian Liz has a LLB (Hons) and a BA in Women's Studies from the University of Auckland, and has been admitted to the Bar in New Zealand. She has worked for the New Zealand government, initially deciding asylum cases, and later working on refugee family reunion cases which involved travelling in Africa interviewing refugee families alongside UNHCR and IOM. Most recently Liz has been combining parenthood with volunteering with organisations which represent the views of families whose children have special educational needs and disabilities. Liz's other interests include the rights of children to receive appropriate and adequate health care.

Lubka Mieresova

Writer

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Lubka has an LLB (Hons) European Legal Studies from the University of Southampton and is currently studying for an LLM in Human Rights, Conflict and Justice at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). She also volunteers as Young Refugee Caseworker at the British Red Cross, helping unaccompanied children and young people claiming asylum in the UK to understand and access support services. Her experience lies in youth work, with a particular focus on developing young people’s leadership and soft skills.

Lucy Milburn

Journalist

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Lucy is in her final year studying English Literature at University of Leeds and aims to pursue a career in journalism. She writes for several student publications and has volunteered with Amnesty International and Student Action for Refugees. Passionate about sharing people's stories, she has a keen interest in mental health, gender issues and social equality.

Matthew Keliris-Thomas

Writer

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Matthew holds an MA(Hons) in Philosophy from the University of St. Andrews. He is currently reading Law as an affiliate at the University of Cambridge, for which he holds Lord Brougham and Hardwicke Scholarships from Lincolns Inn. Matthew is an editor at the Cambridge Law Review and has published and spoken on human rights, animal rights and internet ethics from both a philosophical and legal standpoint.

Michael Goldin

Writer

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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.

Miranda Badminton

Writer

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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.

Naomi Webber

Writer

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Naomi completed her law degree at Oxford and LLM at UCL. Since then, she has worked as a research assistant and undergraduate teaching fellow. She will commence pupillage in 2018.

Natasha Holcroft-Emmess

Site Editor

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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.

Olivia Percival

Writer

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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.

Paul Caira

Writer

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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.

Preetika Mathur

Writer

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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.

Rachel Dixon

Writer

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Rachel is in her final year studying journalism at the University of Kent and is in the process of making a TV documentary about period poverty in the UK. She also interns at KMTV Kent.

Rachel Schon

Writer

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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.

Rachel Sullivan

Writer

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

Rebecca Hacker

Guest Author

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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.

Rebecca Wright

Writer

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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.

Rhiannon Jackson

Writer

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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.

Ruth Campbell

Writer

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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.

Sam Grant

Writer

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

Saxon Norgard

Site Editor

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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.

Skye Baker

Illustrator

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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.

Theodore Stone

Writer

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Theo is currently studying for an MA in Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam, having graduated from the University of Exeter with a BA (Hons) in the same subject. He has worked as a researcher for several organisations and has presented working papers at a number of universities, including Manchester, Salzburg, and Ghent.

Zarqa Farouq

Writer

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Zarqa holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of Leeds. She is now studying for the BPTC in Leeds. Alongside this, Zarqa also volunteers with other organisations including the Bar Pro Bono Unit and Just for Kids Law. Zarqa is passionate about human rights law - particularly in the context of media freedom.

Rightsinfo has developed lasting relationships with a number of contractors and collaborators who work in a range of ways with us, some regularly and some on an ad hoc or project basis. They bring specialist skills and knowledge and help us spread the word about human rights.

Anna Mazzola

Sub-editor

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

Chris Knight

Site Design and Development

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Chris is the director of Concrete Hermit, a design studio based in London. He has worked with Rightsinfo from the inception of the project designing, building and maintaining the website.

Emily Hindle

Sub-Editor

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Emily is a qualified solicitor specialising in international human rights law. She practised litigation at Allen & Overy before completing an LLM in Human Rights, Conflict and Justice at SOAS, and most recently worked as solicitor and caseworker at REDRESS, helping to seek justice and reparation for torture survivors.
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Data Analyst

Kate Bermingham

Sub-Editor

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Kate is a journalist and communications professional who specialises in social issues and human rights. She is currently pursuing an LLM in International Human Rights Law at the University of Galway, Ireland.

RightsInfo is funded by a combination of grants, partnerships and individual donations. We are a lean and effective team, and we couldn't do the great work we do without our valued funders.

Oak Foundation

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Oak Foundation is family-led and reflects the vision and values of its founders. In all its work Oak pursues rights-based approaches, gender equality and partnership with the organisations it funds. It supports civil society as a pillar of democracy and justice.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

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The Paul Hamlyn Foundation's mission is to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. We are grateful for their Explore and Test grant, which is allowing us to deepen our analytics and test our messaging.

Peoples Postcode Trust

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People’s Postcode Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. We are grateful for their grant of £10,000 to fund our partnership work in Wales.

The Allen and Overy Foundation

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The Allen & Overy Foundation supports organisations that address access to justice, and access to education and employment. We are grateful for their grant supporting our educational videos.

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

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The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust is a Quaker trust which supports people who address the root causes of conflict and injustice. We are grateful for their 3-year grant to support our core costs.

The Legal Education Foundation

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The Legal Education Foundation promotes the advancement of legal education and the study of the law in all its branches. We are grateful for their 3-year grant, which supports RightsInfo's News Service.

Our board of trustees provide the oversight and governance for the organisation. Selected through open recruitment procedures and each with a specific area of responsibility and skill set, they meet bi-monthly to hold the organisation to account and make sure we are fulfilling our purpose. If you would like to find out when we are next recruiting for trustees please email atoosa@rightsinfo.org

Ali Torabi

Chair of Trustees

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Ali is the Chair Board of Trustees at RightsInfo. He is a campaign strategist and a storyteller. Ali has a background in the civil service and campaigning organisations. He currently leads the TUC's digital campaigning.

Allison Kahn

Trustee

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Allison has over fifteen years of experience in the international development and human rights sectors. She currently serves as a Programme Director at the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, where she has scaled their pioneering mentoring and learning model to support thousands of women in 100+ developing and emerging markets. She holds an MSc in Human Rights from LSE.

Andie Lloyd

Trustee (Treasurer)

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Andie has a background in Economics, having studied at Cambridge University in the 1980s. He has worked as a medical and clinical auditor and has also been, for five years, the Finance Trustee of an educational charity.

Anne Shewring

Trustee

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Anne has been raising money for non-profits for over 25 years. She has worked with a range of organisations both here and in the USA. Her interest in human rights stems in part from experience working with migrants and young people in particular.

Cyrus New

Trustee

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Cyrus leads a data analytics consultancy, with over 10 years experience in data-driven consultancy. His experience spans IT, finance and operations, having worked at pwc, Prinovis and currently at Reply Data. He is a Maths and Philosophy graduate of the University of Manchester.

George Peretz

Trustee

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George is a barrister at Monckton Chambers, specialising in public, competition, EU and tax law. He comments regularly on Brexit and other legal issues.

Laura Oliver

Trustee

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Laura is a freelance journalist and digital media consultant, with a background in social media and audience engagement. She reports on a variety of topics from innovations in healthcare to how technology is changing business and culture. She also trains journalists in the latest ways to tell stories online and develop strategies for social media and online community building. Prior to going freelance, she worked as Head of Social and Community at the Guardian.

Authors are individuals who have kindly written for us on their particular area of expertise, be it on a specific area of human rights or sharing their own personal experiences. We are proud to have published content from such a great selection of guest authors, many representing respected charities and other organisations. If you would like to be a guest author, please email your idea for a human rights related article to Jem@rightsinfo.org

Adam

Guest Author

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Adam is a member of The Advocacy Project's board of trustees. Over 50% of The Advocacy Project's trustees have lived experience of the issues on which we work. With lived experience and as someone who uses The Advocacy Project's services, Adam joined the board to ensure that the perspectives of people like him influence decision making. Adam is proud of the work that The Advocacy Project does on making the right to vote a reality for people who might otherwise be disenfranchised and marginalised.

Alex Wilks

Guest Author

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Alex Wilks is Principal Programme Lawyer at the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association and member of the Law Society Human Rights Committee.

Alistair Thompson

Guest Author

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Alistair Thompson is a spokesman for Care Not Killing, an alliance of around 40 different organisations that oppose changing the on assisted suicide and euthanasia.

Amina Memon

Writer

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Amina is a Professor of Psychology at Royal Holloway Unversity, where she also heads up the Royal Holloway Eyewitness Group, which researches ways to improve our understanding of the role of eyewitness evidence in the criminal justice system.

Angela Patrick

Guest Author

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Angela Patrick is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers and was previously the Director of Human Rights Policy at JUSTICE

Anmol

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Anmol is a member of the Change It! children and young people’s steering group, supported by CRAE.

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Charlie Crossley

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Charlie Crossley is Project Officer at ShareAction.

Elise Hoadley

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Elise is the Centre Director at Sue Ryder Leckhampton.

Emily Hart

Journalist

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Emily is a journalist and campaigner with a background in human rights. She has a particular interest in gender and sexuality, freedom of expression, and migration issues.

Emma Svanberg

Guest Author

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Dr Emma Svanberg has been a Clinical Psychologist since 2009 and hypnobirthing practitioner since 2010. She has worked in a number of different mental health settings but specialises in the perinatal period – the time around pregnancy, birth and the first years of parenthood.

Frederick Cowell

Guest Author

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Dr Frederick Cowell is a lecturer in Law at Birbeck University. His book, Critically Examining the Case Against the 1998 Human Rights Act, is out now.

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Guest Author

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Genocide80Twenty is a project run by pupils at Hampton School, in conjunction with survivors of genocide. They want to raise awareness of atrocities for future generations.

George Cook

Journalist

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George is Deputy Editor and Comment Editor of Gair Rhydd, Cardiff University’s student newspaper. He is passionate about issues like inequality, rights for blind people and those with disabilities. His Twitter is: @GeorgeVCook where you can be drowned in tweets about politics

Hayley Cull

Guest Author

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Hayley is Senior Campaigns and Communications Adviser at Unicef

Helen Wildbore

Guest Author

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Helen is the Senior Human Rights Officer at the British Institute of Human Rights. She has more than a decade's experience of working in academic and third sector organisations on human rights and equality.

Joanna Salsbury

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Kate Levine

Guest Author

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Kate Levine is a Lawyer at the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC), based at Middlesex University, London.

Katie Davighi

Writer

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Katie Davighi is a Dispute Resolution Associate at Slaughter and May, where she previously completed a traineeship. She studied at the University of Warwick, as well as at the BPP Law School.

Kevin Sanders

Guest Writer

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Kieran volunteers for The Advocacy Project and has lived experience of mental health problems. He is an active part of The Advocacy Project's Different Voices group which ensures that views of patients in CNWL mental health hospital settings are used to improve local services. Having been in hospital during an election, he strongly supports the work to raise awareness of the right to vote on the wards and knows how important it is for advocates and “voting champions” to ensure that the practical arrangements are made – whether registering a postal vote or arranging for leave to go to the polling station.

Lorna McGregor

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Professor Lorna McGregor is a Commissioner at the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
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Melody Redman is a junior doctor training in clinical and academic paediatrics in Yorkshire. She is a representative of the British Medical Association Junior Doctors Committee.

Mike Jones

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Mike Jones is a mental health activist. He spent the last few years debunking the myths, speaking about mental health policies and trying to improve the health system. Schizophrenia is one of the mental conditions that he wants to shed light upon. This is the reason why he created www.schizlife.com. He hopes that he'll see the day when mental health isn't a taboo subject anymore.

Nik Williams

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Nik Williams is the project manager at Scottish PEN and leads campaigning on opposing pervasive surveillance, protecting online human rights and reforming defamation law in Scotland. He has been published in the Herald and Sunday Herald, Index on Censorship, CommonSpace, The National and openDemocracy, as well as appearing on BBC Radio Scotland. He is also the co-host of //Border_Lands, a Subcity radio show on digital human rights.
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Pamela McCormick

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Pandora is a longstanding members of one of The Advocacy Project’s “speaking up groups”. She has learning disabilities. Passionate about people participating in decisions that affect people's lives, Pandora helps others with learning disabilities understand the parties' policies, and how to vote. She is particularly keen to ensure that people know how to find their way to polling stations on election day.

Patricia Stapleton

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Privacy International is a registered UK charity committed to fighting for the right to privacy across the world

Reach Advocacy

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REACH Advocacy is the first dedicated addiction and mental health advocacy service in Scotland.

Robert

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Robert has learning disabilities and works for The Advocacy Project. His role involves ensuring that the voices and perspectives of people with learning disabilities inform decision making by his local council. He has been raising awareness of the right to vote amongst people with learning disabilities, helping them understand the easy read manifestos, and making sure that they know where the polling stations are, how to get there, and know how to indicate their preferred candidate on the day.

Robert Sharp

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Robert is Head of Campaigns & Communications Manager at English PEN

Sabrina Vashisht

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Sabrina Vashisht is the PR and Development Officer at EHRAC

Sam Baker

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Sam is a writer and wannabe journalist from Devon, England who currently lives in Philadelphia with his wife and his dog. He is known for being one of the grumpiest people who has ever existed. He attempts to channel this general frustration into combating injustice through the power of words. He likes the great outdoors, travelling and being a know-it-all. He dislikes tailgaters, running and when it is too hot out.

Sam Smethers

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Sam is Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society - the UK’s leading charity for women’s equality and rights at home, at work, and in public life.

Sarah Dalzell

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Simon Mehigan

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Simon is Deputy Director of Midwifery at Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals and a trustee of Birthrights.

Sue Hogston

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The Advocacy Project

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The Advocacy Project is a charity based in London. We work on an individual, group and community level across London and bring issues of national significance to the attention of decision-makers.

Toby Fisher

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Tom Gould

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Tom is in his final year at the University of Oxford studying History. He has served as Features Editor and Deputy Editor of The Oxford Student newspaper. He cares about human rights and using history to guide politics.

Zoe Given-Wilson

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Zoe Given-Wilson is the child researcher for CSEL (http://csel.org.uk/) and is investigating psychological and developmental issues pertinent to decision making in young people's refugee status claims. She is a clinical psychologist and has both research and clinical experience working with children from a range of cultures and backgrounds.

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Abigail is the Partnerships Coordinator at RightsInfo. She has an MA in Holocaust Studies and has worked on community outreach programmes with other charitable organisations. In her spare time, Abigail is a support worker for children with learning disabilities.

Charlotte Thomas

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Charlotte was a Senior Creative Manager at Universal Music for five years before studying for an LLM in Human Rights. She has worked with organisations campaigning on a range of issues including women's rights and indefinite detention.

Eithne Dodd

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Eithne is a masters student at City University where she is studying International Journalism. Previously, she achieved a Bachelors Degree in Economics and English at University College Dublin where she worked at the student paper, The University Observer.

Emma Dellow-Perry

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Emma works as a weekday sub-editor for RightsInfo, as well as being a Senior Parliamentary Assistant for Lady Hermon MP.

James Reynolds

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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. He is part of the RightsInfo volunteer team.

Katie Jukes

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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.

Kwame Sekyere

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Kwame received a BA in Linguistics from the University of York, where he carried out research on the effect of slang on fair treatment in the U.K's criminal justice system. He is now working toward an MSc in Human Rights at the London School of Economics.

Natalia Rymaszewska

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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

Sian Lea

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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.

Yoav Segal

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Yoav Segal is an award-winning film and theatre-maker, impact consultant and Arts Foundation Fellow 2015. He has a passion for social action projects that affect real change and stories that challenge people to think. Yoav works with NGOs, charities and businesses focused on youth engagement, social inclusion and peace-building in conflict zones. His films have been seen at world-leading festivals and prime-time TV, his theatre work at Sadlers’ Wells and other world leading venues and he's led social action projects for FTSE 50 companies.