Anjali Manivannan

Esq., Director of Programs (New York)

Anjali Manivannan has been working for WFM/IGP since August 2019, first as the Senior Programs Officer and now as the Director of Programs.

Before joining WFM/IGP, Anji worked at local organizations in India, Palestine, and West Africa as well as New York-based human rights and transitional justice organizations, including as a consultant for the International Center for Transitional Justice and the Global Initiative for Justice, Truth, and Reconciliation. She brought to WFM/IGP a decade of pro bono experience supporting the strategic litigation, genocide recognition, and self-determination efforts of People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL). Her thematic expertise as a human rights lawyer is in mass atrocities, transitional justice, gender, and freedom of expression.

Anji holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.S. in Physics from the University of Virginia.

Anji is Eelam Tamil American and is based in New York. Anji speaks English as her native language, intermediate French, and elementary Tamil.

Why are you a world federalist?

“Strong global governance is necessary to ensure that state sovereignty is not a shield behind which governments can violate the human rights of individuals and peoples with impunity.”

What is the future you are working towards?

“A world characterized by equity—not just equality—in which governments fulfill their human rights obligations and are meaningfully held accountable for their failures.”