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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The Outcome of the International Decade for People of African Descent in the Americas Depends on All of Us
Defensores LGBTI aún se enfrentan a grandes desafíos en Latinoamérica
December 4, 2018
Washington, D.C., 5 de diciembre de 2018. Aunque las protecciones legales de la comunidad LGBTI se han ido fortaleciendo en América Latina y el reconocimiento de sus derechos humanos ha gana
LGBTIQ community is more vulnerable after the start of the crisis in Nicaragua, according to activists
LGBTIQ community is more vulnerable after the start of the crisis in Nicaragua, according to activists
November 30, 2018
Washington, DC. November 30th, 2018. The LGBTIQ community has been traditionally discriminated against, however, since the human rights crisis started in Nicaragua last April, the violations
Human rights defender was stripped of her Nicaraguan nationality and expelled arbitrarily by the authorities
Human rights defender was stripped of her Nicaraguan nationality and expelled arbitrarily by the authorities
November 28, 2018
Washington, D.C., November 27th 2018. Ana Quirós Víquez, Director of the Center for Health Information and Advisory Services (CISAS), a Nicaraguan citizen with dual nationality, was illegall
Nicaraguan human rights defenders will talk in Geneva about the evolution of the crisis in their country
Nicaraguan human rights defenders will talk in Geneva about the evolution of the crisis in their country
November 20, 2018
Seven months after the current human rights crisis started in Nicaragua as a result of the government's repression of peaceful protests, a group of human right defenders will hold a public c...
#VenezuelaMigrates: Civil Society Organizations launch Plan of Action to protect migrants and refugees from Venezuela
#VenezuelaMigrates: Civil Society Organizations launch Plan of Action to protect migrants and refugees from Venezuela
November 16, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC. November 16, 2018.- Since the beginning of the year, The International Institute of Race, equality and Human Rights, as part of the organizations belonging to the Venezuelan ...

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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