Heloisa Helena Griggs is a program officer for the Latin America Program at the Open Society Foundations, where she supports the Foundations’ work on human rights and citizen security in Latin America.
Prior to joining the Foundations, Griggs worked as an associate in the São Paulo, Brazil office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. From 2007 to 2010, she served as counsel to Senator Richard J. Durbin on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, advising Senator Durbin on human rights, criminal justice, and immigration. Previously, Griggs worked for human rights nongovernmental organizations in Washington, D.C., Timor-Leste, and Angola.
Griggs received her JD from Yale Law School, where she served as student director of the Lowenstein International Human Rights Law Clinic. She graduated from Yale University with a BA in history and international studies.