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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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: LGBTI Program Assistant
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: LGBTI Program Assistant
January 7, 2021
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT LGBTI Program Assistant International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights Location: Washington, DC Start date: ASAP The  International Institute on Race, Equal
IACHR Thematic Hearing: Nicaraguan Civil Society Exposes the Situation of 110 Political Prisoners
IACHR Thematic Hearing: Nicaraguan Civil Society Exposes the Situation of 110 Political Prisoners
December 14, 2020
Washington, D.C.; December 10, 2020. At a hearing held today during the 178th Period of Sessions of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), Nicaraguan human rights defenders p...
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Latin America Consortium Coordinator
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Latin America Consortium Coordinator
December 14, 2020
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT LATIN AMERICA CONSORTIUM COORDINATOR International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights Location: Washington, D.C. October 2020 The  International Institute on
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Latin America Race and Ethnicity Program Officer
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Latin America Race and Ethnicity Program Officer
December 14, 2020
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT LATIN AMERICA RACE AND ETHNICITY PROGRAM OFFICER International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights Location: Washington, D.C. Start Date: As soon as possible &...
Human Rights Day: Continuing on the path towards human rights for all
Human Rights Day: Continuing on the path towards human rights for all
December 10, 2020
Washington, D.C.; December 10, 2020.- 72 years after the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the world has not yet achieved the full guarantee ...
Race and Equality presents petition to the IACHR regarding human rights violations against independent media in Nicaragua
Race and Equality presents petition to the IACHR regarding human rights violations against independent media in Nicaragua
December 3, 2020
Washington, D.C.; December 3, 2020. The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) submitted a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (

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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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