Matthew Smith

Executive Director of Fortify Rights

Matthew Smith is the founder and executive director of Fortify Rights, an organization that works to strengthen the human rights movement by providing technical support to human rights defenders while also documenting human rights abuses. He is a 2014 Echoing Green Global Fellow. Matthew previously worked with Human Rights Watch (2011-2013) and EarthRights International (2005-2011), and with Kerry Kennedy of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights on Speak Truth to Power. His work has exposed war crimes, crimes against humanity, "ethnic cleansing," multi-billion dollar corruption, "development"-induced abuses, and other human rights violations. He has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, and other outlets. He holds a M.A. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Le Moyne College. Follow him on twitter @matthewfsmith and @FortifyRights.