Megan Chapman is co-director/co-founder of Justice & Empowerment Initiatives (JEI) – Nigeria. Her vision for JEI’s blend of legal empowerment and community mobilization was born in rural Cameroon and refined in South Africa’s townships before it took root in Nigeria where she has worked since 2011.
Through her work with a wide variety of international and domestic human rights and development organizations, Megan has helped to build community-based paralegal programs in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda. She has led and supported strategic human rights litigation in Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, and Burundi. In Nigeria, she has sought sustainable ways to bring these skills to directly serve and benefit the urban poor.
Megan holds a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law (summa cum laude), where she received a full-tuition public interest scholarship and served as the co-Editor-in-Chief of the Human Rights Brief. She holds a B.A. in history from the University of Chicago (high distinction).