The mandate of the Special Rapporteur on indigenous peoples receives logistical and technical support from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva. Specific OHCHR staff members are assigned to support the mandate.
Additionally, substantial support for all aspects of James Anaya’s work as Special Rapporteur is provided by the Support Project for the UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples, which is affiliated with Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona in the United States of America. Members of the Support Project include legal and other professionals who assist the Special Rappporteur with research and field work to investigate country situations, specific cases and major issues of concern to indigenous peoples worldwide, in close coordination with OHCHR staff. Students at the University of Arizona College of law participate in the Support Project under the supervision of professional staff and the Special Rapporteur, as part of their training to gain practical experience in the field of indigenous peoples law and policy. The Support Project also provides needed administrative support to the Special Rapporteur at his home base at the University of Arizona.
|Maia S. Campbell
Maia Campbell is an Associate Human Rights Officer at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, working for the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Previously, she was a key member of the legal team that advocated for Maya villages in Belize in their successful case before the Belize Supreme Court. She also assisted the Awas Tingni community in Nicaragua with implementation of its 2001 land rights judgment by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Maia Campbell is a graduate of Pomona College (B.A. Philosophy, 2001) and the University of Arizona College of Law (J.D. 2007).
Leonardo Alvarado is a Senior Research Fellow and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Arizona, and is an advisor to Special Rapporteur James Anaya. He previously worked as legal counsel and consultant for indigenous communities and organizations in Central America and also as Human Rights Specialist attorney at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights/ Organization of American States. He is a graduate of Fort Lewis College (B.A. International Relations, 1997) and the University of Arizona (M.A. American Indian Studies, 2000; J.D. 2004; LL.M. 2006).
MJ Vuinovich is a Research Fellow and project coordinator with the Support Project for the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights indigenous of peoples, which is affiliated with the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. MJ Vuinovich is a graduate of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law (J.D. 2012); the University of Queensland, Australia (M.A. International Relations, 2007); and the University of Montana (B.A. Journalism, 2000).
|Students in the Special Rapporteur Support Team Workshop
The Support Team Workshop is a part of the educational curriculum at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, offering students training and experience in the field of human rights. Students in the Workshop conduct research to assist in the various aspects of the work of the Special Rapporteur.