The Open Society International Harm Reduction Development Program is calling for proposals to document abuses in drug treatment centers in Latin America.

The mission of this set of grants is to call attention to abuses in locked drug treatment centers in Latin America, in order to press governments to establish mechanisms for monitoring abuse, to regulate facilities offering drug “treatment” or “rehabilitation,” and in countries where involuntary treatment is allowed by law, to assess experiences of those subjected to such treatment.

Interested applicants should send a letter of inquiry by April 25, 2014, in English, Spanish, or Portuguese to Denise Tomasini-Joshi: Letters of inquiry should be no more than four pages and should include:

  • Information about your knowledge of abuses in drug treatment centers in the country in question. Specifically, please detail how you came to know about abuses in drug treatment centers, or how you plan to access people with direct experience of abuse.
  • A method for collecting photos, video, or voice recordings to accompany your written contribution.
  • A plan for keeping informants safe and for ensuring informed consent for participation, and for photos or video, for obtaining releases to allow use of material.
  • Ideas for helping to disseminate the final report and multimedia piece, including through events such as exhibits and debates, or by engaging local and national officials or media. Please note specific occasions for such engagement.

Though not required, favorable consideration will be given to organizations that can provide:

  • Examples of previous written reports or multimedia pieces;
  • Examples of successful advocacy with government officials;
  • Connections to influential media;
  • Examples of previous collaborations with people who use drugs;
  • Instances of previous presentations at conferences or media interviews.

Some applicants will then be invited to submit full proposals for funding. A full proposal will be due by May 15, 2014, and will need to include a budget and detailed work plan.

Grants will be for $10,000, with a $3,000 stipend for in-country travel where necessary; additional money may be provided for dissemination events if warranted. The grant period will be June 1 through December 1, 2014.

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