Douglas A. Johnson
Lecturer in Public Policy
Director
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

Johnson has advocated for human rights since the 1970s, when he led the Infant Formula Action Coalition, also known as INFACT, organizing the first transnational economic boycott to successfully protest a corporate abuse. In 1988, Johnson became executive director of the Minnesota-based Center for the Victims of Torture. When he stepped down 2012, the center had become the preeminent treatment facility in the United States, supporting 33 domestic rehabilitation centers and 17 centers abroad with technical assistance and funding, and provided care for over 23,000 torture survivors. He led several efforts to mobilize US public policy, including the Torture Victims Relief Act of 1998, and the 2008 Campaign to Ban Torture that led to President Obama’s executive order banning the use of torture. He developed the New Tactics in Human Rights Project, which sought to broaden tactical knowledge and improve strategic thinking among human rights NGOs. VIEW FULL BIO

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