As a human rights capacity-building organization, we acknowledge our partner organizations’ diverse levels of legal capacity and advocacy. Thus, the first goal of Race and Equality’s Legal Program Officers is to strengthen that capacity so that civil society can more effectively utilize the legal protections available to them through human rights protection mechanisms at the United Nations and the Organization of American States. Through specialized training provided to human rights defenders and legal advocates, Race and Equality offers technical assistance so that our partners can develop their legal advocacy skills, making them stronger advocates for themselves and their constituents.
We also encourage human rights defenders to work collectively in regional networks to document and denounce similar patterns of discrimination and human rights violations that are negatively impacting Latin America and the Caribbean. This work is particularly important, as we support our partners in their legal advocacy efforts before international and regional protection systems, especially in the preparation of human rights reports.