Matthew Kennis

Matthew Kennis is the Program Director of the Libertas Center. His undergraduate thesis examined bio-social coping mechanisms among internally displaced persons in rural Mexico. Matthew has also worked with torture survivors in Guatemala where he provided psycho-social support and prevented threats and attacks by paramilitary groups against Indigenous communities. He has worked with Amnesty International USA and Human Rights Watch, and consulted for UN Women and Open Society Foundations. Matthew also previously served as senior research consultant for a torture prevention program at American University of Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan) which brought together local civil society groups, Kyrgyz government officials, OHCHR, OSCE and international law enforcement experts. Matthew received his MA in human rights from Columbia University and was the recipient of a Harriman Institute Research Fellowship and the Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace.