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).
Joined Human Rights First in 2009
As a Pennoyer Fellow for the Fighting Discrimination Program, Joëlle is responsible for developing and implementing Europe-oriented advocacy strategies; fostering relationships with NGOs, governments, and intergovernmental organizations; documenting human rights abuses; preparing written materials analyzing conditions and policy and providing specific recommendations to European authorities and intergovernmental organizations.
Before joining Human Rights First, Joëlle was a policy advisor to the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in the European Parliament (2005-2008). In that position, she advised the Members of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee, working on questions related to fundamental rights and antiracism, EU immigration policies, organized crime and gender equality. Joëlle was also press officer of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs committee (2002-2005) where she informed the press on a daily basis of the European Parliament’s positions on a range of foreign policy issues. Prior to her work at the European Parliament, she served as elected chairwoman of the European Union of Jewish Students (1999-2001), an organization representing 200,000 students across 34 European countries. Joëlle studied international relations at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.
The Fellowship celebrates the work of Bob Pennoyer, who has been a tireless advocate for the protection of human rights for more than 50 years. He continues to be a passionate defender of the Constitution’s guarantee of religious freedom, while he works to protect the rule of law and independent judiciaries in countries across the globe. The Pennoyer Fellowship program was created in 2005 by friends of Bob Pennoyer who have donated funds to Human Rights First for this purpose in order to honor his 80th birthday and his lifelong dedication to human rights.
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov
Joined Human Rights First in 2008
As Program Assistant to the Fighting Discrimination Program, Kes helps with information management, assists in researching and monitoring hate crimes, works on the improvement of the program’s online presence, and performs various administrative and coordination activities.
Prior to joining Human Rights First, Kes worked for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, providing research support on issues of racism, xenophobia, and antisemitism. Kes has also been a Fellow at the Streit Council for a Union of Democracies, worked for Multicultural Edge, Inc., and interned at the International Foundation for Election Systems. He is a graduate of Arizona State University with B.S. and M.A. degrees in Political Science (International Relations).
Michael McClintock is an advisor to the Fighting Discrimination Program. Previously, as the Director of Research for Human Rights First, Mike set standards for research, analysis, and advocacy and was responsible for program procedures and methodology, program publications and public information, and ensuring appropriate training for program staff. Mike commissioned and managed special projects and initiatives and led the Program Department’s research and development function. Mike also directed the organization’s Discrimination Initiative and then the Fighting Discrimination Program, with its special focus on hate crimes.
Before joining Human Rights First, Mike served as a researcher and director for Amnesty International for almost 20 years, moving from a focus on Latin America to a global portfolio in the late 1980s. He then moved to Human Rights Watch where he was deputy program director. In that position, which he held for eight years, Mike worked with all of the organization’s research and advocacy divisions. He had principal responsibility for the Africa, Europe and Central Asia, Children’s Rights, and Arms Divisions.
Mike has participated in numerous fact-finding missions – in Central and South America, Northern Ireland, Ethiopia and the Philippines. He has written on such issues as humanitarian military intervention, the prevention of genocide, hate crimes and other aspects of discrimination, and corporate responsibility.
Mike is the author of histories of El Salvador and Guatemala. He has also written a book on U.S. military doctrine and foreign policy from a human rights perspective, Instruments of Statecraft: U.S. Guerrilla Warfare, Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism, 1940-1990 (Pantheon, 1992).
Mike is a graduate of Ohio University (1972) and the University of Wisconsin (1974).