The New Media Advocacy Project (N-Map) combines legal expertise with cutting edge communication tools to strengthen human rights and social justice work. We help advocates throughout the world tell their stories in more compelling and powerful ways—to tip the balance in the toughest cases and campaigns.
Human rights advocates and social entrepreneurs face enormous challenges: deeply entrenched social issues, over-resourced opponents and competitors, as well as hostile or risk-averse courts, legislatures, and funders. This equation means the usual tools are not enough. N-Map uses advocates' greatest tool—their stories—to help meet those challenges. Our innovative mix of legal and media knowledge helps to bring those stories to life, and to use them effectively in courtrooms, legislatures, and communities.
See some recent examples of our work below, and contact us to learn more about what we do.
In partnership with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) and New York University School of Law’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (NYU), we are creating a platform that connects communities that have already been impacted by mining with others in the Global South who are facing or will soon face similar challenges. To date, we have created five short videos that tell the stories of community leadership in the face of mining in Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, DRC, Bolivia and Peru. This project is still in production, and you can watch the completed videos here: Community Solutions to the Global Mining Threat.
In 2015, the for-profit college chain Corinthian College Inc filed for bankruptcy and closed most of their Southern California campuses—leaving students stuck with enormous debt and worthless degrees. Few of these students had been able to secure jobs in their promised fields, and so they were forced to pay back their federal loans while unemployed or making minimum wage. N-Map partnered with Public Counsel, the largest pro bono law firm in the nation, to create videos that help former students who have been defrauded by Corinthian College Inc, apply for federal loan relief. The videos live on www.studentfraudrelief.org, a website that serves as a one-stop-shop for students seeking relief.
Words that Kill: The Defamation of Human Rights Defenders is a joint effort between the Colectivo de Abogados José Alvear Restrepo, Corporación Jurídica Yira Castro, Comisión Intereclesial Justicia y Paz, Bertha Foundation, and New Media Advocacy Project, this video series shows the shared experience of defenders who have suffered defamatory attacks on their character for their work defending human rights.