Started in 1998, the Advocacy Project was established to help marginalized communities and their advocates take action against injustice. We undertook our first project in 1998, when we produced an online report from the Rome Conference to establish the International Criminal Court.
We define communities broadly, and are particularly drawn to those that are despised and friendless. This has led us to support among others Roma, Travellers, Dalit, pygmies, waste-pickers, and river gypsies. We take their side because it is the right thing to do, but also because they can produce gifted advocates who can mobilize large numbers of people to make the case for real change.
After being approached by a community, we form a partnership with advocates who emerged from the community and know the issues intimately. Over the years we have worked with over 100 community-based partners
The next step is to recruit a volunteer (Peace Fellow) who can help the partner organization to tell its story through a website, social media, video, photos and advocacy quilts. Our goal in these early stages is to help the partner acquire advocacy tools which will help them to take action.
As the relationship matures, we work with partners to map out a long-term program with clear campaigning goals that will produce tangible benefits, change policy, and strengthen the partner organization.