The Galloway Family Foundation funds and produces journalism on human rights issues. The foundation helps fill a void in a shrinking news environment by funding in-depth reporting, making human rights issues understandable, relevant and actionable.
Fundamentalist repression in Somalia. Indefinite detention in Iran. These can seem like far-flung problems to an American audience but in our increasingly interconnected world, their effects reverberate far and wide. Somali rebels bar food aid, a famine spreads—US and the international community must act or millions face starvation. American hikers were among the thousands jailed under false pretenses in Iran, whose leaders justify their actions by pointing back to the US and our ongoing detentions at Guantanamo. Human rights abuses directly affect the vulnerable, but they also have a broader effect on a much wider community. The need for comprehensive reporting making sense of this repression and violence -- and in particular violations against the most basic human rights -- has rarely been greater.
The Foundation's journalism is designed to have impact; to go beyond the headlines and uncover the complexity of human rights issues. The Galloway Family Foundation believes that well-crafted journalism can be used as a tool to advance human rights. To spotlight human rights abuses and illuminate their context, the Foundation funds investigative reporting projects in different regions of the world.
The GFF is controlled by the three members of the Galloway Family. L. Thomas Galloway is an attorney who has practiced for many years in the international field, both as an advisor and litigator. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School where he was articles editor of the Law Review. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York. He won Trial Lawyer of the Year in the United States in 2003. Catherine Carlson attended the University of California at Berkeley and graduated from Humboldt State in California. She has spent her life as an environmental advocate and serves on the boards of environmental organizations and as a consultant to major Foundations active in the field. Erin Galloway is a student at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. Currently the Foundation is funded by the family.