Alison Sutton has worked in the human rights field with international NGOs and UN organizations for over 35 years. 20 of these were based in Brazil and Mexico, 15 with UNICEF. There she worked with colleagues, partners, governments, and civil society to build and improve child protection systems addressing issues of justice, migration, appropriate care, and extreme armed violence affecting children.
From 2016 to 2021 she was Global Director of Child Protection for Save the Children International, based in London. She led joint efforts to strengthen countries’ and communities’ child protection systems, and humanitarian responses to protect children in conflict.
In the 1980s and 1990s, she coordinated research and campaign networks for Amnesty International’s International Secretariat, promoting both transitional justice and the rights of marginalized rural, indigenous, and urban populations, in Latin American countries particularly Brazil. Her first contact with PPP was in relation to its work on human rights in prisons in Sao Paulo.
She has commissioned and coordinated publications on human rights and child protection and authored Slavery in Brazil Today, A link in the chain of modernization, Anti-Slavery International London/ Edicoes Loyola, Sao Paulo, 1994. She has a Degree in Modern History from the University of Cambridge and incomplete doctoral studies at the University of Brasilia.