Dignity for All: LGBTI Assistance Program

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The Dignity for All: LGBTI Assistance Program provides emergency assistance; security, opportunity, and advocacy rapid response grants (SOAR grants); and security assessment and training to human rights defenders (HRDs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) under threat or attack due to their work for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) human rights.

From the inception of emergency granting (September 2012) through December 31st, 2015, Dignity for All has awarded 213 grants in 64 countries and territories. This includes emergency and SOAR grants (explained below). The map below details the geographic distribution of cases funded by Dignity.

WHO SUPPORTS DIGNITY?

Dignity for All receives contributions through an international donor pool of several governments, corporations and independent foundations that support LGBTI human rights.

WHO IS THE DIGNITY CONSORTIUM?

Dignity for All is run by a consortium of international human rights organizations:

Freedom House Global)
Akahatá (Latin America)
Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (Middle East &North Africa)
REA (South and Central Asia)
Heartland Alliance  (Global)
ILGA Europe (Europe)
OutRight International (Global)
UHAI (East Africa)

DIGNITY EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

Provides HRDs and CSOs, who are facing threats due to LGBTI human rights work, with small, short-term emergency financial support to address urgent needs. Support includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical expenses
  • Legal representation
  • Prison visits
  • Trial monitoring
  • Temporary relocation
  • Dependent support
  • Security and equipment replacement
  • Other types of urgent expenses

What Constitutes an Emergency?

An emergency is a situation that poses an immediate risk arising from work on LGBTI human rights. Consideration is given to the need, urgency, the level of significant ongoing security risk, and the threat of injury or imprisonment or other legal proceedings.

How do we process emergency requests? 

We review all applications to determine whether they meet the eligibility criteria (described above) and whether the requested funds are justified. The review process independently verifies the information provided by the applicant.

 

DIGNITY SECURITY, OPPORTUNITY, ADVOCACY AND RAPID RESPONSE (SOAR) GRANTS

SOAR grants provide CSOs working in unpredictable environments with urgent short-term funding for rapid response. Grants are intended to provide local CSOs with resources to counteract urgent threats and to take advantage of unexpected opportunities to advance the rights of LGBTI people. Grants are flexible and can help CSOs to address:

  • Proposed or recently passed legislation
  • Sudden government crackdowns
  • Increased levels of violence
  • Unexpected openings in civil society space
  • Urgently needed security assistance and capacity-building for security
  • Other emergent opportunities or dangers

SECURITY ASSESMENT & TRAINING

Dignity Consortium partners conduct preventive security workshops and training designed to:

  • improve the security and protection capacity of LGBTI activists, organizations and communities;
  • build awareness, knowledge and skills on assessing and mitigating risks; and
  • develop and implement security plans.

As a result of these trainings, CSOs and HRDs increase their security awareness, develop security plans, and work to keep themselves and their communities safer from threats. As of December 31st, 2015, 25 trainings have been conducted in 18 countries. 126 participants from 54 countries returned home equipped with better knowledge on how to prevent and defend themselves against attacks. The reach of our security trainings can be seen in the map below, where blue shading shows home countries of activists who have been trained, and the diamonds show cities where trainings have taken place.

 

DIGNITY CRITERIA & APPLICATIONS

WHO IS ELIGBLE?

Eligible HRD or CSO applicants must be able to provide a history of LGBTI activism. CSOs do not need to be officially registered.

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

CSOs and HRDs who are under attack or face imminent danger because of their LGBTI human rights work are eligible for assistance.

Eligibility Check List for emergency assistance:

  1. CSO or HRD working on LGBTI human rights
  2. Recent Urgent Threat related to LGBTI work
  3. Significant and ongoing security risk
  4. Cases are verifiable and have strong references

SOAR GRANTS

Contact Freedom House or a member organization of the Dignity Consortium working in your region with a concept for any urgent, short-term advocacy or security initiative designed to have significant LGBTI human rights impact.

SECURITY ASSESMENT & TRAINING

CSOs can contact a member organization of the Dignity Consortium to discuss what security options may be available to you.