Julia Harrington Reddy heads the Open Society Justice Initiative’s work on equality and inclusion, focusing on statelessness and the right to citizenship, equal protections for migrant workers, and discrimination in the areas of policing, employment, education, and housing.
After joining Open Society in 2003, Harrington Reddy established the Justice Initiative’s project on citizenship and documentation of identity, recognizing that these are prerequisites to enjoyment of human rights, and addressing the fact that denial of rights on the basis of citizenship status and lack of documentation has been often legally permissible. The Justice Initiative’s pioneering work in this area—using strategic litigation, advocacy for new soft law norms by the United Nations, and paralegal projects—has seen citizenship and documentary proof of identity recognized as rights in themselves. Harington Reddy’s work has spanned Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.
Prior to working with the Justice Initiative, Harrington Reddy held a position at the Secretariat of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, then co-founded the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa, supported by Echoing Green and Ashoka fellowships.
Harrington Reddy is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.