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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Two LGBTI+ people were murdered in Brazil this week
Two LGBTI+ people were murdered in Brazil this week
March 15, 2019
Por:  Isaac Porto – Consultor LGBTI de Race & Equality para Brasil Brazil registered the deaths of at least two LGBTI+ people in the same week as the 1-year anniversary of the political
March 14th: One year anniversary of Marielle Franco’s assassination
March 14th: One year anniversary of Marielle Franco’s assassination
March 14, 2019
Brazil, March 14 2019.  Exactly one year ago today, on March 14, 2018, Marielle Franco, a city councilwoman from Rio de Janeiro, was murdered. Woman, black, bisexual, and raised in Favela da
“The Bid for Peace Cannot Go Backward” – Pronouncement regarding the decision of the  national government to oppose the Statutory Law on the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) in Colombia
“The Bid for Peace Cannot Go Backward” – Pronouncement regarding the decision of the national government to oppose the Statutory Law on the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) in Colombia
March 12, 2019
Out of extreme concern for the recent objections presented by the President of the Republic of Colombia, Iván Duque, to the Constitutional Court with regard to the Statutory Law on the Speci
“We will continue helping people with disabilities despite all obstacles.”
“We will continue helping people with disabilities despite all obstacles.”
March 11, 2019
On March 26 and 27, Cuba will be reviewed by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, as a State Party to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In the s...
Job Announcement: Full-Time Program Assistant
Job Announcement: Full-Time Program Assistant
March 11, 2019
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT Full-Time Program Assistant International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights Location: Washington, DC The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human R...
“We lesbian, bisexual, and trans women are not only killed for being women, but also for having chosen to be women.” – Laura Weinstein
“We lesbian, bisexual, and trans women are not only killed for being women, but also for having chosen to be women.” – Laura Weinstein
March 8, 2019
“There is no single way of being a woman; there are numerous ways.” International Women’s Day represents an opportunity to continue defending the fight for recognition of women’s rights.  I

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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