Paula is a researcher and activist and is passionate about freedom of expression and information topics. She follows human rights policy issues at the global level, in spaces such as the UN Human Rights Council, UN General Assembly, International Telecommunication Union and Internet Governance Forum, as well as trends at the national level. Before joining APC, Paula worked for more than 10 years monitoring and reporting on violence against journalists and human rights defenders in Brazil and other countries in Latin America. She advocated for important pieces of legislation (such as the Brazilian Access to Information Law and the Internet Rights Framework) and litigated on cases concerning digital rights, the right to protest, and media regulation. She was a regional director at ARTICLE 19 for more than a decade, after serving as a researcher for Human Rights Watch and a human rights officer at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Paula has a LLM from New York University, a MPP from the University of Oxford, and is now pursuing her doctorate studies at McGill University.
Purpose of position
To lead APC’s global human rights policy advocacy and coordinate this work across APC’s programmes and network. This includes ensuring that APC’s global, regional and national policy advocacy strategies are effectively linked and are aligned with APC’s priorities.