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Louis N. Bickford

Program Officer New York

Louis Bickford works on global human rights issues, with an emphasis on helping to renew the field and to ensure that new thinking and changing needs are taken into account. His grant making focuses on supporting the efforts of both well-established and emerging international organizations to bolster the global human rights movement.

For more than 20 years, Louis has worked to advance global human rights. Prior to joining the Ford Foundation in 2012, he served on the executive leadership team at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.

Previously, Louis was a founding staff member and director of the Policymakers and Civil Society unit at the International Center for Transitional Justice where he developed the organization's capacity-building and training programs in every world region, including Santiago, Cape Town and Rabat; managed the work in Burma, Mexico and Nigeria; and launched a global network of human rights documentation centers and exchanges on truth commissions. In addition, he worked as a consultant for the Oak Foundation, the Bertha Foundation, the United Nations Development Program, and the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, among others.

Louis has taught regular graduate seminars on global human rights at Columbia University, New York University and the New School for Social Research. He received a Ph.D. from McGill University and a master's degree from the New School—both in political science.

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Issues and Initiatives

Louis N. Bickford is a member of the following initiative team:

Issue Initiative
Human Rights



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