Matthew Smith, Executive Director

Matthew Smith is a founder and executive director of Fortify Rights. He recently worked with Human Rights Watch (2011-2013), where he authored several reports on critical rights issues in Southeast Asia. Previously, Matthew served as a project coordinator (2005-2010) and senior consultant (2010-2011) at EarthRights International. His work has exposed wartime abuses and forced displacement, 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, and other outlets. Matthew worked with Kerry Kennedy of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights on Speak Truth to Power, and has experience as a community organizer in New York City and emergency services caseworker in Mobile, Alabama. He has an M.A. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Le Moyne College.

Taylor Landis, Researcher

Taylor Landis is a researcher at Fortify Rights. Taylor’s work is funded by a Satter Fellowship, awarded to her in 2013 by the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School. Taylor served in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague from 2011 – 2012, acting as the Legal & Policy Assistant to the Special Gender Adviser. Her time at the ICC was focused on ending impunity for rape and sexual violence as genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Prior to joining the ICC, Taylor received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she worked extensively with the International Human Rights Clinic, concentrating on international human rights and gender violence law. Taylor was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 2012 and has an A.B. in French and Italian from Princeton University.

OUR International Advisory Board

  • Kerry Kennedy, President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights
  • Tomas Ojea Quintana, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar
  • Phil Robertson, Deputy Asia Director at Human Rights Watch
  • Victor Biak Lian, human rights and democracy activist, 2010 recipient of St. Stephen’s Prize from Norway’s Stefanus Alliance International
  • Tyler Giannini, Clinical Professor and Director of the International Human Rights Clinic, Harvard Law School

Our Board of Directors

  • Rob Kilpatrick, Chairman
  • Gerald Bourgeois
  • Oddny Gumaer
  • Brad Hazlett
  • Matthew Smith
  • Isabelle Bourgeois