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Spotlight On: Protection International — a growing organization that supports human rights defenders across the globe

Written by Mission Talent Team

Our freedom, our basic rights and the society we have today is the product of the struggle and defence of human rights by people who are not afraid to speak out and take action against injustice and inequality. But this work is not without risk -- human rights defenders are often victims of harassment, arbitrary imprisonment, threats, attacks and murders in many parts of the world. 

In 1998 Protection International was created, an international network of non-profit organizations supporting human rights defenders. Headquartered in Brussels, it operates in more than 30 countries, focusing on Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. Protection International collaborates with local human rights leaders and organisations to prevent attacks of human rights defenders by state and non-state actors.

Protection International works directly with communities to find security and protection solutions. They provide comprehensive capacity-building on protection issues including, physical safety, data management and ICT security, as well as psychosocial support. Among the objectives of Protection International is the economic development of communities through the access to international funds that contribute to its growth.

Overall, Protection International works towards establishing a collective mentality geared at the protection of human rights. They monitor and advocate for public policies for national and regional governments, working closely with local civil society. They also lead initiatives addressing the stigmatization of human rights defenders’ actions so that their work can be decriminalized.
Protection International is currently going through a transformation process: it is growing and wants to decentralize its operations to delegate implementation to the regional hubs. The headquarters in Brussels will continue to play an essential role in the growth of the organization, while overseeing that the work of the regions is aligned with the Global Strategy 2019-2023. In the near future, Protection International also will open new regional offices in Southeast Asia and in Latin America in addition to the ones in Guatemala and Kenya.

Mission Talent is partnering with Protection International to find their new Executive Director as they are going through a decentralization process to give the regional hubs more autonomy. The Executive Director will lead the overall strategy for this network-driven organization and build alliances with a diverse range of stakeholders. For more information on the Executive Director role, please follow this link:

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