Paula Martins is an activist and researcher on access to information and freedom of expression. Working in the protection and promotion of human rights for more than 15 years, she is the Director of ARTICLE 19 South America since its setting up in Brazil in 2007. Paula is a lawyer who has worked for many years with NGOs in Brazil on issues such as housing rights, indigenous land rights and disability rights. She has also developed capacity-building programmes and materials on a number of human rights themes. She has experience in coordinating human rights projects, researching and documenting human rights violations and on legal counseling on matters of public interest. Before joining ARTICLE 19, Paula worked with Human Rights Watch as a researcher and as a human rights officer with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. She was a visiting fellow to the Federation Internationale des ligues des Droits de l’Homme in Paris and to the European Roma Rights Center in Budapest. She has an LLM in public interest law, with a specialisation in international human rights law.