THEVISION

HumanRights360 is a newly founded civil society organization established in Greece.

In HumanRights360, we believe that the cornerstone of integration is the access to basic rights and that, only by protecting the individual, political and social rights of the whole population and by ensuring access to rights and justice, can we achieve social cohesion.

Thus, our mission is to protect and empower the rights of all, with no discrimination but with special focus on the most disadvantaged and vulnerable populations. We are part of the worldwide human rights movement that is struggling for a world where fundamental human rights are enjoyed by all. We give priority to addressing the most pressing human rights violations, both acute and chronic, as a prerequisite for maintaining the rule of law in our society.

We aim to put together greater alliances in Greece and internationally to work in order to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments and societies reject Far Right rhetoric, extremism, racism and xenophobia, while are accountable to and encourage participation of the people.

THETEAM

Epaminondas Farmakis

Epaminondas Farmakis

is the founder of HumanRights360.  He has over twenty years’ experience in civil society having allocated more than $1.1 bn to more than 1,300 nonprofits in over 65 countries.  Epaminondas is known for his nonprofit management and fundraising skills and while a believer in philanthropy is eager to introduce new impact driven programs and innovation needed in the sector.

His previous positions include Managing Director, Solidarity Now, created by the Open Society Foundations; Director, EEA Norway Grants NGO Fund in Greece, the Bodossaki Foundation; President and CEO of the philanthropic advisory unit elpis SA; COO, Stavros Niarchos Foundation; and Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch. Postgraduate work in the US Senate at the office of the Minority Leader followed joint MBA and MSFS degrees at Georgetown University. Epaminondas believes in advocacy and communication as a tool for awareness and positive change and is featured in Greek and international media. Epaminondas lives in Athens and has one daughter.

Eleni Takou

Eleni Takou

is Deputy Director and Head of Advocacy of the HumanRights360. She has studied communication, political science and political philosophy in Athens and Paris.

She has worked in Advocacy and Programs sector of several NGOs, including the Hellenic League for Human Rights and SolidarityNow. During 2015, she has served as Chief of Staff of the Minister for Migration Policy. Prior to this, she has been coordinating the Racist Violence Recording Network, a coalition of CSOs under the auspices of UNHCR Office in Greece and the Greek National Commission for Human Rights. She has also been a consultant on issues of statelessness for UNHCR Greece.

Her work is focused on refugee protection, migration, citizenship and anti-racism advocacy. She has been a member of the writing team of the Annual Yearbooks of Legislation and Jurisprudence on Migrants and Refugees (ed. Savvalas), until 2015. She is co-writer of the book Immigration in Greece. Eleven myths and more facts, published by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.
(http://rosalux.gr/publication/i-metanasteysi-stin-ellada).

Kirpatrick Day

Kirpatrick Day

has spent the majority of his 20-year professional career responding to crises and conflicts around the world. From his earliest days reporting from the frontlines of the war in what was then Zaire until today, Mr. Day has passionately advocated for the needs of refugees and dispossessed. Mr. Day poured this passion into designing and managing cutting-edge, large-scale conflict response and post-conflict reconstruction programs in Kosovo, Macedonia, Iraq, East Timor, and Afghanistan among others on behalf of the U.S. government’s Agency for International Development, where he held numerous senior management positions and crafted the Agency’s first-ever conflict management and mitigation strategy.

A widely-respected strategic thinker, skilled manager, and gifted communicator, Mr. Day’s insights and skills are regular sought out. As such, he was asked to lead the International Rescue Committee’s response to the refugee crisis in Europe in 2015, spearheading activities on the Greek island of Lesvos, and elsewhere in the region. Mr. Day continues to parlay the breadth of his experience and expertise into innovative initiatives, providing strategic guidance to an array of international organizations, private sector entities and high-caliber local groups responding to crises.

Maria Paraskeva

is Legal expert and Project Coordinator at HumanRights360. She has studied law and she has practiced administrative and criminal law as well as immigration and refugee law in Greece. She has also worked in the field, providing counselling and legal assistance in refugee camps.

Maria has participated in drafting and implementing several projects coordinated by Universities in the field of humanities. During 2015, she worked at the Ministry of Migration Policy and has enriched her prior experience by integrating key aspects of policy to projects.

She has worked with UNHCR Greece supporting the second instance procedures and has followed closely the developments on the asylum procedures and the relevant legislative amendments as well the judiciary engagements of the European and Greek Courts. Throughout her work, she has focused on humanitarian issues and she has defended human rights in courts, while she has implemented programs in order to develop effective strategies to facilitate persons in need of protection.

Rania Papadopoulou

Rania Papadopoulou

is an economist who, in recent years, has been involved in humanitarian programs supporting human rights.

She works on the methodology of efficient management and distribution of funds, capacity building of organizations and ensuring transparency in financing and donations. She is highly experienced in financial control, monitoring and distribution of funds, as well as evaluation of efficiency in social welfare organizations.

She manages, monitors and coordinates granting, financial sources, donations, European, EEA grants, etc. in relation to the correct procedures for protection and application of funds, ensuring the principle of value for money, which is applied rigorously to all transactions, while also giving advice and information on required financial  verification.

Rania believes that the human rights of all citizens are unnegotiable and that it is the duty of each and every one of us to support and defend them.