Rights & Justice helps mission-driven groups engage in human rights-based organizational transformation.
What does that mean?
People are at the center of most mission-driven organizations – as clients, staff, donors or allies. R&J recognizes that re-envisioning an organization’s mission, vision and values through a rights-based lens, can transform your work, strategies, goals and outcomes.
R&J helps make sure your organization walks its walk, centering people and fundamental rights at its core.
A rights-based approach lifts up justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) as well as people-centeredness to ensure that you are working through and with your values to achieve your goals and desired impact.
It’s easy to say. It’s really hard to do.
Sometimes small changes in approach, work methods, outlook or mindset can result in huge organizational shifts. Sometimes it requires a deep dive into planning and strategy. Often it takes someone on the outside to see what you may not be able to observe when you’re deeply inside of it all.
That's why we're here.
Need help analyzing, implementing or applying how human rights work for you in practice? We work with governments, NGOs and community groups on complex rights implementation projects.
How do your mission, vision, values and beliefs fit with your plans and desired outcomes? How can they get you from here to there, maintaining flexible thinking and adaptive goals?
Have an idea but need help taking the next steps to design a full-fledged project (with budget and proposal outline)? Maybe you need someone on the outside to evaluate an existing project.
Are you a relatively new Executive Director? A veteran? Leading strategic growth and rights-based transformation is hard. We can help you lead through the process and reflect on how it enhances your effective leadership at the same time.
What does your organization need to move to the next level –to achieve its goals, to enhance its culture, or to grow in impact and effectiveness?
Are you walking the walk? How do you harmonize your organizational goals, values and work methods?
How do you manifest your commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion and how can you do better? (Hint: everyone can do better.)
Sometimes you just need someone else to facilitate the discussion...
Hadar Harris is an award winning human rights attorney and institution builder whose work fundamentally focuses on organizational growth, transformation and impact. She has substantive expertise in defending closing civil society space, protecting freedom of expression, promoting gender equality, and expanding domestic implementation of international norms. She focuses on practical (and realistic) implementation of the broad range of human rights norms and enjoys grappling with hard intersectional questions to find real solutions. She believes strongly that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights (and obligations).
Hadar has moved between public and private sector work throughout her career. She has been successful as a nonprofit executive, building organizations and streamlining them as needed. A member of the California Bar, she practiced employment and labor law and worked as General Counsel of an internet start-up company. She spent fifteen years in academia, building centers and organizations impacting a range of human rights issues. She has worked as a consultant to major human rights organizations and international organizations. She sits on a number of nonprofit boards of directors, has been engaged in philanthropic grant making, and is an active volunteer.
Hadar brings a comparative perspective of cross-sectoral work in over 25 countries. She is most interested in maximizing programmatic impact and exploring emerging intersections in law and policy around the range of human rights issues. She is a dynamic public speaker and engaging trainer, as well as an excellent strategist, advocate, program designer, fundraiser, and educator.
In her long career as a nonprofit executive director, R&J Founder Hadar Harris has worked with organizations which often had clear values - but did not put them fully into action.
Having led major organizational transformations, she learned that by truly integrating a values-led, person-centered approach, organizations become more productive and impactful.
R&J is a passion project - to harmonize what we say and what we do, bringing human rights into the work of mission-driven organizations, to help them walk-the-walk.