2026 Cincy released the following statement about their Human Rights Action Plan:

These insights are guiding us in the development, and ultimately, the execution of our human rights plan once we are named a Host City for FIFA World Cup 2026. We have also addressed additional feedback from FIFA, US Soccer and Ergon. This document covers more detail than we could have provided in a 90-minute call. We would like to draw attention, in particular, to the methodologies for engagement directly with rights holders and a special section related to the rights and protection of children. The strategies and actions detailed in this document were developed by our Cincinnati team with the intent of applying them across the group of strategic Midwest markets that will support FIFA World Cup 2026 in Cincinnati. Members of the 2026 Cincy LOC Human Rights Leadership Committee

Members of the 2026 Cincy LOC Human Rights Leadership Committee
*All of these members were present for the FIFA/Ergon call on November 22, 2021 or have committed their support to the effort.

2026 Cincy LOC Leadership Team:

  • Jeff Berding, Co-Founder & President, FC Cincinnati
  • Jackie Reau, CEO, Game Day
  • Mary Stagaman, Principal, Mary Stagaman LLC

The 2026 Cincy LOC Human Rights Co-Chairs:

  • Katie Blackburn, Executive Vice President, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Eddie Koen, CEO, Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio
  • Amy Spiller, President, Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky

2026 Cincy LOC Human Rights Strategic Advisors:

  • Senator Rob Portman, U.S. Senate
  • David Yost, Ohio Attorney General
  • Daniel Cameron, Kentucky Attorney General
  • Danielle Minson, CEO, The Jewish Federation
  • Rickell Smith, Executive Director, Social Justice Center at the Urban League
  • Lilleana Cavanaugh, Executive Director,Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs
  • Alana Jochum, Executive Director, Equality Ohio
  • Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey, Hamilton Count
  • Chip Gerhardt, National Disability Rights Advocate
  • Roula Allouch, National Board Chair, Council on American-Islamic Relations
  • Mel Gravely, Entrepreneur, Author, Advocate for Racial Equity
  • Woodrow Keown, CEO, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
  • Sasha Naiman, Executive Director, Children’s Law Center

Leadership of the five focus areas of the Human Rights initiatives:

Workers’ Rights

  • Brian Griffin, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO
  • Liza Smitherman, Chief People Officer, Jostin Construction

Migrant Rights

  • Dr. Rajinder Kaur Narang, Vice President, Enterprise Diversity & Inclusion Talent Strategy, Fidelity Investments
  • Dr. Bryan Wright, Executive Director, Cincinnati Compass

Housing Rights

  • Kristen Baker, Executive Director, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
  • Robert Killins, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Greater Cincinnati Foundation
  • Bobby Maly, Chief Executive Officer, The Model Group

Human Trafficking

  • Harold D’Souza, President, Eyes Open International
  • Erin Meyer, Coalition Manager, End Slavery Cincinnati

Safety and Security

  • Chief Deputy Jay Gramke, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lt. Col. Michael John, Cincinnati Police Department

For More information head to – 2026 Cincy Human Rights Action Plan — 2026 FIFA World Cup Host City Candidate

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