As director of the Southern African Project of the Lawyers' Committee, Gay Johnson McDougall ’69 (pictured above with Nelson Mandela) directly assisted the defense of thousands of political prisoners in South Africa and Namibia for more than a decade. She later organized and administered South Africa's first non-racial elections. Awarded a MacArthur Genius grant for her "innovative and highly effective" work, McDougall continues to be a champion for human rights to this day as the executive director of Global Rights and as the first United Nations Independent Expert on Minority Issues.