As a division director in the Open Society Latin America Program, Heloisa Griggs oversees the program’s human rights and citizen security grant making and advocacy in Latin America, including an initiative to reduce homicides in the region.
Prior to joining Open Society, 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 U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin on the Senate Judiciary Committee, advising Senator Durbin on human rights, criminal justice, and immigration. Previously, Griggs worked for human rights nongovernmental organizations in Angola, Timor-Leste, and Washington, D.C.
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.