The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights

Is an international, human rights capacity-building organization that works side by side with activists in Latin America to enhance their ability to promote and protect the human rights of marginalized and vulnerable people who suffer from discrimination based on their national or ethnic origin, their sexual orientation or gender identity. We strengthen grassroots organizations, helping them to become political actors able to promote structural changes in the countries where we work. Our methodology consists of providing technical assistance in order to help our partners monitor and document human rights abuses and increase their advocacy capacity at the national, regional and international levels.

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: LATIN AMERICA LEGAL PROGRAM OFFICER
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: LATIN AMERICA LEGAL PROGRAM OFFICER
August 16, 2019
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT LATIN AMERICA LEGAL PROGRAM OFFICER International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights Location: Washington, D.C. Start date: Oct. 1, 2019 The  International In
In the midst of the crisis in Nicaragua, human rights of indigenous and Afro-descendants continue to be violated
In the midst of the crisis in Nicaragua, human rights of indigenous and Afro-descendants continue to be violated
August 14, 2019
Washington, D.C. August 14th, 2019. Repression and extrajudicial killings that occurred in several cities in Nicaragua since April 2018, especially in the urban areas of the Pacific and cent
Nicaraguan refugees living in Mexico and Central America held a summit in Costa Rica
Nicaraguan refugees living in Mexico and Central America held a summit in Costa Rica
August 13, 2019
San José, Costa Rica. From July 29th to the 31st, a group of LGBTI Nicaraguan refugees living in Mexico and Central America held a summit in San José, Costa Rica to promote discussion about
Crisis in Nicaragua: extrajudicial killings, detentions and persecution continue
Crisis in Nicaragua: extrajudicial killings, detentions and persecution continue
July 31, 2019
Washington, D.C. July 30th, 2019. A resurgence of the human rights crisis that Nicaragua has suffered since April 2018 has taken place in recent weeks with the occurrence of extrajudicial ki
Venezuela, Nicaragua and LGBTI issues: key points of the 41st session of the UN Human Rights Council
Venezuela, Nicaragua and LGBTI issues: key points of the 41st session of the UN Human Rights Council
July 22, 2019
Geneva, July 16th 2019.  A report on the human rights situation in Venezuela presented by the High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and an update on the state of human rights
Renewed threats against Afro-Colombian leaders put their lives at risk
Renewed threats against Afro-Colombian leaders put their lives at risk
July 16, 2019
Bogota, 15 July 2019.  Afrocolombian leaders were declared “military targets” by the clandestine group Aguilas Negras (Black Eagles) in a text message received July 13, 2019. The text inc

Our vision is an equal society for all based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, one without racial, ethnic or gender discrimination, or discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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CARLOS QUESADA

Executive Director and Founder of the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights. Until October 2014 Carlos was Global Rights’ Director of the Ethnic and Racial Equality Program/Advisor on the Rights of LGBTI people. He is trained as a journalist and a lawyer. Carlos is working to combat racial and ethnic discrimination and discrimination based on a different sexual orientation and gender identity in the Americas and in some countries in Africa…

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The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights challenges discrimination, inequality and injustice and amplifies the new voices of local activists in Latin America to promote, protect, and fulfill human rights.

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The National Conference of Afro-Colombian Organizations (CNOA), is a national convergence of more than 270 afro-descendant organizations…
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The Trans Support and Action Group Foundation – GAAT is a community-based social organization that works to defend and assert the human rights…
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Caribe Afirmativo seeks to advocate for the establishment and positioning of gender and sexual diversity agendas in the Caribbean region…
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