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First Do No Harm: Grantee safety for LGBTI and disability rights campaigners and other human rights defenders

April 13, 2011
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM ET

Co-sponsored by: Funders for LGBTQ Issues, The International Human Rights Funders Group and The Disability Funders Network.

This telebriefing will explore the role funders can and do play in mitigating or aggravating risks and exposure facing their grantees (particularly human rights defenders). The murders and ongoing persecution of LGBTI activists in Uganda, Honduras, Kenya, and the growing threats faced by disability rights campaigners in Uganda and Ukraine remind us yet again that attention must be paid to both the concerns/risks that all human rights organizations and defenders share and those that are identity- or issue-specific. Presenters on this call will offer both a "grantee safety 101" and an examination of the distinct security issues faced by LGBTI and disability activists - two particularly vulnerable and marginalized groups of human rights defenders - and discuss the specific considerations for funders working with them. What are some general best practices that funders can implement to avoid harm? What practical steps are there for funders working with marginalized groups?

Terry Greenblatt, Executive Director and CEO, Urgent Action Fund
Nguru Karugu, Executive Director, Public Health Innovations
Diana Samarasan, Director, Disability Rights Fund.

Dulce Reyes, Program Officer, International Fund for Sexual Minorities, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

Please RSVP to Marvin Webb at for dial-in information.


Only Grantmakers Invited? Yes

Category(s): Philanthropic Sector, General LGBTQ Community

Topic(s): Anti-Violence, Civil/Human Rights, Disabilities, Government/Political, People of Color/Ethnic Communities