Mary Miller Flowers is associate director for justice with the Open Society Human Rights Initiative. She manages a global grantmaking and advocacy program focused on supporting civil society to combat the overuse of pretrial detention and increase access to legal aid for indigent criminal defendants. She also provides support to grant-giving programs focused on disability rights and freedom of information.
Previously, Flowers served as a project manager for the Carter Center, a U.S. nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing human rights and alleviating human suffering. In her work in Liberia on the rule of law, she directed community paralegals and civil society organizations in providing legal aid and human rights education throughout the country.
Flowers graduated from Emory University in Atlanta with both a BA in religion and an MS in divinity from the Candler School of Theology. She also holds an MA in international affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York.