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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Get to know the campaign #CubanasLibresYA (“Cuban Women Free Now”), which seeks to illustrate the human rights situation of women in Cuba, in particular of those who serve arbitrary and unjust prison sentences at the hands of the Cuban State as a result of their political activism in favor of human rights on the island.

The campaign will run during the first half of the year and will seek to tell the stories of 10 female political prisoners of the Cuban State who are currently either serving their sentences across the prisons of Cuba, are victims of house arrest, or are recently released but served as political prisoners as a result of their activism.

You can read their stories here.

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 “My son was forced to leave the country because of my activism”: The story of  Leonor Reyno Borges, a Cuban activist, victim of the Cuban state.
 “My son was forced to leave the country because of my activism”: The story of  Leonor Reyno Borges, a Cuban activist, victim of the Cuban state.
May 29, 2020
As a member of the independent civil society group Laura Pollán: Su Legado (Legacy of Laura Pollán), 55-year-old Leonor Reyno Borges had suffered years of abuse, harassment, and violence f
Race and Equality organized a webinar with activists to discuss the role of the IACHR in the crisis generated by COVID-19 with the Special Rapporteur for LGBTI Rights of the IACHR
Race and Equality organized a webinar with activists to discuss the role of the IACHR in the crisis generated by COVID-19 with the Special Rapporteur for LGBTI Rights of the IACHR
May 27, 2020
The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) held a webinar with the Special Rapporteur for the Rights of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Trans and Intersex ...
Afro-Colombian Day 2020: despite historical and structural adversity, Afro-Colombians show resilience
Afro-Colombian Day 2020: despite historical and structural adversity, Afro-Colombians show resilience
May 21, 2020
Bogota; May 21, 2020 - On Afro-Colombian Day 2020, the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race & Equality) shares the following statement: Race & Equality m...
The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights expresses concern over the Brazilian State’s response to the progression of the Coronavirus in the country
The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights expresses concern over the Brazilian State’s response to the progression of the Coronavirus in the country
May 21, 2020
Brazil, May 21, 2020 - The Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) is deeply concerned about the situation faced by the most vulnerable populations in Brazil amidst ...
Cuban Political Prisoner Silverio Portal Contreras Facing Extreme Health Risks
Cuban Political Prisoner Silverio Portal Contreras Facing Extreme Health Risks
May 18, 2020
Washington, D.C. May 18, 2020. The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights demands the Cuban government produce information on the situation of Silverio Portal Contreras, ...
No more silence: Reclaiming our voice on the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
No more silence: Reclaiming our voice on the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
May 17, 2020
Washington D.C., May 17. This May 17 marks 30 years since the World Health Organization (WHO) declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder, a global milestone that accelerated progress in...

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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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