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: LATIN AMERICA LEGAL PROGRAM OFFICER
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: LATIN AMERICA LEGAL PROGRAM OFFICER
July 28, 2021
The  International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights is a human rights organization created in 2014 working in partnership with local activists in Latin America to build grass roo
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: DEVELOPMENT AND GRANT WRITING OFFICER
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: DEVELOPMENT AND GRANT WRITING OFFICER
July 27, 2021
The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights is a human rights organization created in 2015 working in partnership with local activists in Latin America to build grass root...
July 25: Call on the States of the Americas to Guarantee and Protect the Rights of Afro-Latina, Afro-Caribbean and Diaspora Women
July 25: Call on the States of the Americas to Guarantee and Protect the Rights of Afro-Latina, Afro-Caribbean and Diaspora Women
July 25, 2021
Washington, D.C., July 25, 2021. - Afro-Latina, Afro-Caribbean and diaspora women fight and resist everyday against systemic racism and gender-based violence in situations that in turn gener...
Dominican Republic: Activists and the LGBTI + Community Fight for the Senate not to Approve the Penal Code that Excludes Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity as Grounds for Discrimination
Dominican Republic: Activists and the LGBTI + Community Fight for the Senate not to Approve the Penal Code that Excludes Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity as Grounds for Discrimination
July 19, 2021
Washington, D.C., July 19, 2021. - The Chamber of Deputies of the Dominican Republic approved, on June 30, a reform to the Penal Code that excludes sexual orientation as a ground for discrim...
Race and Equality celebrates the adoption of the UN resolution for the protection of african people and afro-descendants against police violence
Race and Equality celebrates the adoption of the UN resolution for the protection of african people and afro-descendants against police violence
July 15, 2021
Washington DC, July 15, 2021 - The Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) celebrates the adoption, by consensus, of Resolution A/HRC/47/L.8 Rev.1, which aims to pro...
#SOSCuba: Race and Equality Demands Respect for Life and the Right to Protest
#SOSCuba: Race and Equality Demands Respect for Life and the Right to Protest
July 12, 2021
Washington D.C., July 12, 2021.- In response to the massive protests that took place on Sunday, July 11, 2021 in different cities in Cuba, the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (R...

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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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