Below please find a list of organizations focusing on Human Rights in the Dominican Republic.

Entity Name About Us
Acción Callejera-Fundación Educativa, Inc.

Acción Callejera Fundación Educativa, Inc. began its work in 1989 in Santiago, in the arms of its Founding Members Manuel Bonnelly, Margarita Guzmán and Irenarco Ardila. It was created to benefit . . . street children of that time, with a program based on fundamental children’s rights. This organization then found support in civil society and many people joined to aid with its mission. Today, more than 7,400 children, adolescents and young people at high social risk in 19 communities in Santiago receive quality services through our programs, more than 4,000 members of their respective families and more than 620 key community actors and leaders. More than 12,000 people benefit from our community and prevention programs in marginalized neighborhoods.

Aldeas Infantiles SOS Dominicana, INC

Aldeas Infantiles SOS was founded by Austrian educator Hermann Gmeiner in 1949, in Imst, Austria. He was committed to helping children who had lost their homes, security and families as a result of . . .the World War II. Today, it operates in 135 countries.
In the Dominican Republic, it was founded in the Jardines del Norte on September 25, 1979. The following year, on March 13, 1980, Aldeas Infantiles SOS República Dominicana was officially recognized by Decree 1610 as a non-governmental, non-profit organization, with its national headquarters in Santo Domingo.
In Aldeas Infantiles SOS we work for the rights of children to live in a family. We develop activities for the prevention of the loss of family life, offering alternatives for the care of children who were separated from their families, and we develop political activities to encourage States to provide the necessary conditions so that children can fully exercise their rights.

Asociación Casa Abierta, Inc.

Casa Abierta is the first Dominican institution (since 1974) dedicated to aiding Dominican society in the prevention and treatment of the problematic use of psychoactive substances.

Asociación Club Nuevo Ambiente, Inc.

Asoclubnuam, founded on August 9, 1987, as a simple sports club, has been adapting itself to the needs of the sector. It has acquired legal status and defined its scope of action and line of work, n . . .ow not being just for sports, but also for education, health, culture, environment and sports. Currently, it works in all of these areas, but with an emphasis on adolescents, sexual and reproductive health, and teen pregnancy, utilizing youth networks with pair and theater strategies in order to expose the adolescents and youth to the problems of violence based on gender, gender inequality, and the prevention of teen pregnancy.

ASOCIACIÓN PARA EL DESARROLLO DE LA MICROEMPRESA

ADEMI is a private non-profit institution, that is neither political nor religious, which was created by Presidential Decree No. 745 of February 11, 1983, by virtue of Law 520 of July 26, 1920, relat . . .ing to organizations with a social interest.
It was founded by Mr. Camilo Lluberes H., together with the national private sector, as a response to the need to address the prevailing problems of unemployment and underemployment in the country.
It started its operations in 1983 in the marginalized neighborhoods of the city of Santo Domingo, with the principal objective to create and strengthen employment through financial and managerial assistance to micro and small enterprises that operate in this urban area. Afterwards, on the initiative of groups and provincial organizations from different regions of the country, it began to extend its program throughout the entire national territory.
In 1988, the Monetary Board approved a license to carry out banking operations as Banco de Desarrollo at the same time that it opened its doors as Banco Ademi. At this moment, ADEMI because the social arm of Banco Ademi.

Centro de Intervención Conductual para Hombres

The Centro de Intervención Conductual para Hombres was established on July 15, 2008, under the jurisdiction of the Office of the District Attorney, headed at that time by Magistrate José Manuel Her . . .nández Peguero.

Dispensario Médico Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

Dispensario Médico Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe is an institution that receives everyone who seeks help without regard to their means.

DREAM Project

The DREAM Project became a formally recognized U.S. Section 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2002, but the groundwork was laid in 1995 when a group of Dartmouth students came to the Dominican Republic for a seme . . .ster to volunteer in two Cabarete public schools. With the help of local and foreign supporters, DREAM began building classrooms, libraries, computer labs and modern bathrooms in the local schools. Tourists began to bring down books and school supplies and contributed computers and funds to operate our then small programs. The word got out and increasing numbers of student volunteers began coming down for a year at a time. DREAM then moved on to building entire new schools, greatly expanding our reach. In 2006, DREAM Project because a legally constituted Dominican non-profit organization. DREAM has since grown into a major success run by a paid local staff of more than 40 Dominicans, four expatriates and numerous volunteers from all over the globe. Every year, DREAM helps more than 4,500 children receive a better education through its 15 programs in 15 different communities, affecting the lives of over 7,000 community members. DREAM’s programs focus on early childhood education, high quality primary education, holistic youth development, and arts, culture and community enrichment.

Escuela Hogar Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos

In 1954, a boy was arrested for stealing from the poor box of a small church in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. The young priest in charge, Father William Wasson of the United States, was unwilling to p . . .ress charges against this “thief.” Instead, he asked for custody of the boy. One week later, the judge sent him eight more homeless boys. By year’s end, 32 boys were in residence and Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos™ (NPH), Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters,” was born. Over 20,100 children have grown up in the NPH family, which now operates homes in eight additional countries: Honduras, Haiti, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Peru and Bolivia. In the Dominican Republic, Escuela Hogar Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos has been operating as a non-profit organization since 2003, and runs a home in San Pedro de Macoris for 232 children. In addition to living in a safe, loving home environment, the children also attend a semi-private school on site, and receive medical and dental assistance.

Fundación Abriendo Camino

The Fundacion Abriendo Camino (FAC) is a non-profit organization working to improve the lives of children in the marginalized neighborhood of Villas Agricolas, in northern Santo Domingo, Dominican Re . . .public.