I joined Amnesty International UK in 1999 where currently I am director of its Human Rights Defenders Programme. The programme conducts research and publishing, policy and advocacy, campaigning and direct protection interventions in support of HRDs at risk and to foster enabling environments for HRDs. Prior to this (2003 – 2012) I led the organisation’s work for and with individuals at risk, including human rights defenders. I have also worked in a variety of human rights campaigning and activism roles with AI including mobilising youth, student and trade union activists. I have been involved in human rights issues and activism since the early 1990s following travels in Latin America where I first encountered human rights abuses in Chile, Mexico and Guatemala. On return I completed a Master’s Degree in Latin American studies. In 1994, I became involved in human rights activism with Peace Brigades International (PBI), taking a variety of roles working in PBI’s UK national group and International Office, and from 2002 – 2003 as a field volunteer for PBI in Colombia, which involved accompanying and supporting human rights defenders at risk from harassment or attack.