Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a Central American country located between Nicaragua and Panamá, rich in scenic landscapes and biodiversity. In response to the continuous risks and threats faced by human rights defenders in Central America, an agreement was reached with the Costa Rican government in 2018 to establish Shelter City Costa Rica. Shelter City Costa Rica has since been recognized as a program of public interest and currently hosts up to 32 defenders annually, including their family members, from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

Our support

Rest and re-energize

Shelter City Costa Rica provides a space for rest, self-care, and disconnect from the challenges that come with the work of a human rights defender. We promote the participation of human rights defenders in cultural, recreational and sports activities so our guests can recharge and return to their work with renewed energy.

Tailored support and capacity-building

Human rights defenders and their families are offered temporary relocation for a period of three months with the accompaniment of a multidisciplinary team specialized in comprehensive protection to strengthen capacities for psychosocial, physical, digital and legal protection. Defenders are also equipped with a return strategy that will allow them to resume work in their country of origin with enhanced security.

Engage with local allies

During their stay, human rights defenders have the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals from the region to exchange ideas and experiences and further advance their cause. This allows defenders to not only increase solidarity and support for human rights situations in their countries but also to engage with others and reinforce their capacities.

Our team

Coordinator
Coordinator

Team in Costa Rica

Centre administrator
Centre administrator

Team in Costa Rica

Legal security specialist
Legal security specialist

Team in Costa Rica

Physical security specialist
Physical security specialist

Team in Costa Rica

Digital security specialist
Digital security specialist

Team in Costa Rica

Psychosocial security specialist
Psychosocial security specialist

Team in Costa Rica

Country Analyst – El Salvador
Country Analyst – El Salvador

Team in Central America

Country Analyst – Honduras
Country Analyst – Honduras

Team in Central America

Country Analyst – Guatemala
Country Analyst – Guatemala

Team in Central America

Country Analyst – Nicaragua
Country Analyst – Nicaragua

Team in Central America

Our stories

Wiecza, fighting for a better future for Venezuela
Learn more about Wiecza, a Venezuelan lawyer and human rights defender.
Shelter City Eindhoven
José and Jorge: Defending the rights of the LGBTIQ+ population in Central America
José and Jorge are human rights defenders that fight for the rights of the LGBTIQ+ community, which faces great discrimination and violations in Central America.
Shelter City Costa Rica
Génesis Dávila on human rights in Venezuela and her work as human rights defender
Génesis started fighting for human rights in Venezuela during the Maduro's regime with great determination and a clear vision.
Shelter City Rotterdam

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