The Medical Foundation, the charity which cares for the victims of
torture, has hired a former top human rights campaigner as its first
head of public affairs.
Sherman Carroll, a partner of the publishing company Readers
International and ex-head of campaigns for human rights pressure group
Amnesty International, will join the organisation on 3 February.
His job, which commands a salary of pounds 35,000, will be to develop a
more proactive public affairs strategy for the ten year-old charity.
The foundation, which offers medical, psychological, physical and social
therapies to torture victims, has been lobbying to change parts of the
Asylum Bill. Carroll will work with the foundation’s press,
parliamentary and information officers to continue campaigning to allow
asylum seekers more time to present their legal and medical cases.
Carroll, 51, joined Amnesty International’s international secretariat as
co-ordinator campaigning for the abolition of torture in 1974.
He then became head of the organisation’s campaigns unit and has
published several reports on torture.
In 1983 Carroll founded Readers International, a specialist publisher
which prints the work of exiled writers. The company will now be run by
Carroll’s partner Dorothy Connell.
’It is a welcome opportunity to get back into direct campaigning work,’
said Carroll of his role at the organisation.
He will report to the Medical Foundation’s director Helen Bamber.