Who We Are

The Martus Project is a Human Rights initiative of Benetech®, a leading Silicon Valley-based nonprofit technology company founded by Jim Fruchterman, a MacArthur Award-winning social entrepreneur and former rocket scientist.  Benetech uses technology to address pressing social needs. Its four programs—Global Literacy, Human Rights, the Environment, and Benetech Labs—measure success in the number of lives changed for the better.

Benetech’s Human Rights Program advances the global human rights movement by providing and supporting effective, secure, and open information management and data collection technology for rights defenders, activists, journalists, researchers, and civil society practitioners. In addition to the Martus Project, the Human Rights Program also extends global trainings in digital security, as well as human rights documentation and capacity-building trainings to groups around the world.

Our Team

The team that builds, maintains, and provides outreach support for the Martus Project includes people from a wide range of disciplines who are all committed to creating technology in the service of human rights.

Jim Fruchterman
Founder and CEO, Benetech


Anna Berns
Director, Human Rights Program, and Martus Senior Product Manager

Theresa Chinte
Human Rights Program Administrator

Charles LaPierre
Software Developer

Erin McConnell
Translation and Program Coordinator

Collin Sullivan
Human Rights Program Associate

Scott Weikart
Senior Systems Administrator

Annie Wilkinson
Human Rights Project Manager

Kevin Smith
Martus Technical Lead

Our Partners and Funders

The Martus Project’s partners are located around the world. They include:

Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation
Centre for the Development of People
Friends of Rainka
The Guardian Project
International HIV/AIDS Alliance
Internews
Network for Human Rights Documentation – Burma
Tor Project

The Martus Project is made possible thanks to the generous support of public and private funders. We thank both our current and past funders, large and small, for allowing us to empower human rights groups, activists, and journalists, and to help them uphold the promise of privacy and anonymity. Our financial supporters include:

Ford Foundation
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Oak Foundation
Open Society Foundations
Open Technology Fund
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

If you are interested in partnering with us or in supporting our work, please contact us at martus@benetech.org.