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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Nicaraguan Delegation Meets with United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet
Nicaraguan Delegation Meets with United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet
February 13, 2019
The International Institute of Race, Equality, and Human Rights (Race & Equality) facilitated a private meeting on February 1 between 10 representatives of Nicaraguan civil society organ...
Brazil is the country with the greatest number of assassinations of trans persons in the world
Brazil is the country with the greatest number of assassinations of trans persons in the world
January 30, 2019
Washington, DC, January 30, 2019 – With a rate of 41% in the world ranking of assassinations of trans persons, Brazil has become the country that kills the most individuals with this gender
14 Afro-descendant, indigenous, and campesino leaders assassinated during the first month of 2019
14 Afro-descendant, indigenous, and campesino leaders assassinated during the first month of 2019
January 29, 2019
Bogota, Colombia.  January 29 2019. The International Institute on Race, Equality, and Human Rights (Race & Equality) expresses profound concern regarding the alarming number of grassroo
Nicaraguan Delegation meets with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association
Nicaraguan Delegation meets with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association
January 28, 2019
Washington, DC. January 28, 2019. Representatives of Nicaraguan civil society organizations met with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association, ...
COLOMBIA: NOT ONE STEP BACK, ONWARD TOWARD PEACE! – Pronouncement –
COLOMBIA: NOT ONE STEP BACK, ONWARD TOWARD PEACE! – Pronouncement –
January 25, 2019
Bogotá, Colombia, January 18, 2019 – The International Institute on Race, Equality, and Human Rights (Race & Equality) emphatically rejects and condemns the acts of violence that have pl
Organizations supporting LGBTI persons’ rights issue a warning regarding the grave crisis over human rights in the country
Organizations supporting LGBTI persons’ rights issue a warning regarding the grave crisis over human rights in the country
January 25, 2019
The International Institute on Race, Equality, and Human Rights (Race & Equality), Instituto Transformar [Transform Institute] of Brazil, TRANS Siempre Amigas [TRANS Always Friends] (TRA...

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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