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Human Rights Defenders

We have compiled a brief list of resources related to human rights defenders (HRDs). The following resources are not intended to be exhaustive, but a starting place for human rights defenders and grantmakers seeking additional information.

Directory of Emergency and Rapid Response Resources 2015
A list of funders who make emergency and rapid response grants, primarily for human rights defenders. IHRFG's Human Rights Defenders Working Group compiled this guide.

Directory of Rest and Respite Resources 2014

A list of funders and resources to support rest and respite specifically, primarily for human rights defenders.

New Tactics Resources on the Well-being and Security of Defenders
New Tactics in Human Rights, a program of the Center for Victims of Torture, hosts an online commnity and shares information to help human rights defenders work more effectively.

Keeping Defenders Safe: A Call to Donor Action
This report reviews existing responses to the security challenges that human rights defenders face and recommends several changes to grantmakers' focus and approach.

Digital Security Resources:

Digital First Aid Kit

A self-assessment guide for digital emergencies developed by Hivos, Digital Defenders Partnership, EFF, Global Voices, Front Line Defenders, Internews, Freedom House, Access, Qurium, CIRCL, IWPR and Open Technology Fund

The ISC Project (also available in Arabic, Russian, and Spanish)
The Information Safety & Capacity Project provides data security and capacity-building assistance to organizations, activists, and independent media in countries where free expression, journalism, and advocacy are critical but potentially risky to personal safety. 

Information Technology Security Guide
A digital safety guide to protecting your work, from mobile phone safety to backing up data.

Resources from "Security of Human Rights Defenders: Supporting Grantee Safety," IHRFG's Pre-Conference Institute held in January 2013 in San Francisco:

Bibliography of Resources

A list of background resources for and about human rights defenders, including guides, strategy papers, and region-specific reports. IHRFG's Human Rights Defenders Working Group compiled this guide.

Key Definitions
This document provides several common definitions of human rights defenders, as well as terms related to grantee security. IHRFG's Human Rights Defenders Working Group compiled these definitions.

Grantee Security: Some Assembly Required
Designed to help grantmakers discuss security concerns with grantees, this guide includes good practices and questions to ask.

Organizational Security Checklist

A list of standards for strong safety and security management practices.