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Responsive assistance


Open Briefing operates a rapid response mechanism to provide fully-funded holistic security mentoring and remote accompaniment to human rights defenders and other civic actors at risk of physical, digital, or psychological harm.

This support is available to civil society organisations, informal groups, or activists meeting the following criteria:

  1. Using non-violent means to agitate and advocate for rights and justice.
  2. Have been targeted or are at high risk of attacks and reprisals.
  3. Cannot otherwise fund or realistically secure funding for the support.
  4. Working anywhere in the global south or in a country outside the United States with a closed, repressed or obstructed civic space.*
    * The US exclusion does not apply to grantees of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Referral partners and at-risk organisations can request safety and security, digital security or wellbeing and resilience support. We ask that informal groups or individual activists are referred by one of our referral partners. Support may be available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese or Arabic.

Open Briefing is a certified social enterprise and a member of
the CIVICUS global civil society alliance and the Vuka! coalition