BRAZIL

The Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights works to promote racial and ethnic equality for Afro-descendant and indigenous communities – a unique focus among international human rights organizations. We work with Afro-descendant organizations in Brazil, as well as with a wide range of organizations in Latin America fighting racial discrimination or discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Afro-Brazilians currently comprise 52% of Brazil’s population. The work of the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights in Brazil is focused on strengthening the capacity of our local counterparts to fight the practice of discrimination  known as racial profiling, as well as to combat police brutality against Afro-Brazilian youth in urban areas by monitoring and documentating human rights violations and providing assistance to victims seeking justice.

The Institute also works to strengthen the Articulación de las Mujeres Negras de Brasil [Coordinating Body of Black Women of Brazil], a network of 27 organizations whose objective is to heighten the visibility of racial discrimination against black women in the labor and health fields. Lastly, the Institute works to heighten the visibility of the Afro-Brazilian LGBTI population: we work with the Red Negra LGBT [LGBT Black Network] to heighten the visibility of the situation of Afro-Brazilians who face discrimination due to their sexual orientation, gender identity and ethnicity.

The Institute strengthens the capacity of our counterparts and the leaders of the various countries in which we work so that they may actively participate in the OAS General Assembly, the Summit of the Americas Process, the Inter-American Human Rights Protection System, as well as the United Nations committee that monitors the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) and the committee that monitors the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), through the provision of training, technical assistance, and political advocacy.

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