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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As the Cuban Government Represses Independent Civil Society and Media, Race and Equality Demands Respect for Freedom of Expression and Peaceful Assembly
As the Cuban Government Represses Independent Civil Society and Media, Race and Equality Demands Respect for Freedom of Expression and Peaceful Assembly
November 25, 2020
Washington, D.C., November 24, 2020.- The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) condemns the Cuban government’s ongoing repression of independent civ
State Department Should Push for Justice After Afro-Brazilian Man Killed by Security in Carrefour Store
State Department Should Push for Justice After Afro-Brazilian Man Killed by Security in Carrefour Store
November 24, 2020
Washington D.C., November 24th, 2020.- The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) add their voices t...
International Trans Day of Remembrance: Remembering and reaffirming the struggle for equality and justice
International Trans Day of Remembrance: Remembering and reaffirming the struggle for equality and justice
November 20, 2020
Washington, D.C., November 20th, 2020.- On November 20th, International Day of Trans Remembrance, the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) remembers...