Fighting Discrimination Program
Joined Human Rights First in 2006
As Director of the Fighting Discrimination Program, Paul LeGendre leads Human Rights First’s effort to combat discrimination by reversing the tide of antisemitic, anti-immigrant, and anti-Muslim violence and reducing other bias crime in Europe, the Russian Federation, and North America through research, analysis, and advocacy.
Prior to joining Human Rights First, Paul worked for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) as Program Officer (2000-2005) providing staff support to the Assembly’s work in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and to its General Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions. Paul also worked for the International League for Human Rights as Europe Program Coordinator (1998-2000), for the Committee to Protect Journalists as the Acting Program Coordinator for Europe (1998-1999), and for CAF-Russia, a Russian non-profit resource center, as Director of Publications (1995-1997). Paul has a B.A. in History from Boston College (1993) as well as a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University (2000).