Michael Heflin

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Michael Heflin is the director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Rights Initiative at the Open Society Foundations. In this role, Heflin manages a global grant making and advocacy program focused on providing support to emerging LGBTI rights groups in the developing world.

Prior to joining the Foundations, Heflin was managing director of the Campaigns Unit for Amnesty International USA. He also served as the founding director of Amnesty’s first LGBT rights program. In addition, Heflin worked at Amnesty’s International Secretariat in London where he directed the International Mobilization Program, an effort to grow Amnesty’s membership and activism internationally. Heflin also was deputy director of Amnesty’s Midwest Region Office in Chicago. 

Heflin holds a law degree with a focus on international human rights law from the University of Cincinnati. He served as a fellow at the Urban Morgan Human Rights Institute and was editor of the Human Rights Quarterly. Heflin received his BA in political science from Adrian College.