Realizing human rights and ending poverty in Dominican Republic
Inspired by the Jewish commitment to justice, we support organizations working to overcome poverty and oppression. Our small, grassroots grantees are rooted in communities, where they empower local people to identify their most critical concerns and take action to address injustice. We also support groups that organize broader movements for social change, influencing governments and policymakers to respect and promote human rights.
In the Dominican Republic, AJWS strengthens social movements and grassroots organizations to promote human rights and democracy, to challenge structural inequality and power, and to achieve agrarian reform and food sovereignty. AJWS supports peasant farmers to protect their land rights and fight displacement due to development megaprojects, promotes alternative media as an advocacy and mobilization tool, and works to increase the political participation of historically marginalized communities, including Dominicans of Haitian Descent, people living in internally displaced people (IDP) camps, slum dwellers, LGBT people and sex workers.
Recent Projects in Dominican Republic
Movimiento De Mujeres Dominico Haitiana (MUDHA)
Health Education and HIV/AIDS Prevention
Purpose: To support an integrated approach to HIV and AIDS and sexually transmitted infection prevention and care through education and access to testing and health services.
Movimiento de Mujeres Unidas (MODEMU)
Promoting Sex Worker Rights
Purpose: To promote the rights of sex workers through community health promoter outreach and political advocacy at the local and national levels.