Ford Foundation, Brazil
A lawyer and urban planner by training, Leticia Osorio coordinates the human rights initiative of the Ford Foundation’s Brazil office. Her grant making supports the development of effective and innovative organizations and institutions, and the mechanisms through which human rights and social justice can be strengthened and enforced. She graduated from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and later earned her PhD at the University of Essex, UK. Before joining the foundation in 2011, she coordinated the Department of Land Regularisation and Resettlements of the State Government of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, from 1988 to 2002. In 2002, she established the Americas Programme of the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions in Porto Alegre, a nongovernmental human rights organisation based in Geneva that focuses on economic, social and cultural rights. She participated in the Advisory Group on Forced Evictions as an adviser to the executive director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) from 2004 to 2010. Most recently, she directed the Human Rights Clinic of the University of Essex, where she also coordinated a project on Roma rights. Letícia has worked on human rights issues in Brazil, Argentina, Guatemala, Mexico, Suriname, Colombia, Nicaragua, Honduras, the United States, United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Cambodia, Serbia, and Kosovo.