Rights and Dignity Project
Collaborating with civil society, the private sector, academia, and government entities to promote and protect the human rights of all Salvadorans, especially members of vulnerable groups.
Promoting justice, equity, and inclusion as foundational to El Salvador’s prosperity, security, and good governance.
San Salvador and 16 municipalities, with unique methods and approaches for each.
Building the skills and capacities of human rights organizations to advocate, monitor, and collaborate with the government, and enhancing the government’s ability to meet its human rights commitments.
Since the end of its civil war in 1992, El Salvador has worked to establish and maintain systems that protect and promote the human rights of its citizens. While the country has made encouraging progress, such as creating the Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office and the National Civilian Police force, significant challenges remain. Amid high levels of violence and a cycle of impunity, the government is striving to strike a balance between containing a domestic security crisis, maintaining democratic spaces, and protecting the human rights of all citizens. Meanwhile, Salvadorans face a daily environment marked by chronic violence, discrimination, and increasing abuse at the hands of security agents.
Despite challenges, El Salvador has an engaged civil society and a government willing to work to promote and protect human rights. The Rights and Dignity Project brings together governmental and non-governmental actors to collaborate on strengthening human rights protection systems in order to achieve a more equitable, just, and tolerant El Salvador. In pursuit of this goal, the Project enhances El Salvador’s human rights systems with an emphasis on security, policing, and anti-discrimination through three objectives:
Counterpart identified four target population groups on which it is focusing its efforts: women who are victims of social violence, youth, the LGBTI community, and people with disabilities.
The Rights & Dignity Project promotes the development of an integrated network of human rights actors from the government, civil society, the private sector, and academia. To maximize the impact of the network, the Project will:
Funder: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Implementing Partners: Due Process of Law Foundation, Partners El Salvador