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Access Now’s Digital Security Helpline works with individuals and organizations around the world to keep them safe online. If you’re at risk, they can help you improve your digital security practices to keep out of harm’s way. If you’re already under attack, they provide rapid-response emergency assistance.

They are a free-of-charge resource for civil society around the world. They offer real-time, direct technical assistance and advice to civil society groups & activists, media organizations, journalists & bloggers, and human rights defenders.

The Helpline will walk you or your organization through assessing the risks you face in your work, and prioritize your digital security needs. Access Now will help you resolve existing problems, teach you some of the most important best practices, and help you get into a secure mindset for the future.

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The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects people from random and arbitrary stops and searches. Although the federal government claims the power to conduct certain kinds of warrantless stops within 100 miles of the U.S. border, important Fourth Amendment protections still apply. This ACLU Know Your Rights guide helps you understand your rights within the 100-mile border zone.​

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This guide explains the basics for organizing and sustaining an antifascist group. It provides resources to help with planning actions, accessing legal support, digital security and other aspects of organizing.

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The 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund (612人道支援基金) aims to provide humanitarian and relevant financial support to persons who are injured, arrested, attacked or threatened with violence during Anti–Extradition Law Amendment Bill (Anti-ELAB) protests. The Fund primarily provides legal, medical, psychological and emergency financial assistance.

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The Campaign for Southern Equality has launched this online Toolkit to help LGBTQ Southerners – especially those in small towns and rural areas – understand and protect their rights. The Toolkit consists of Health Care Power of Attorney forms for every Southern state, LGBTQ-friendly attorney and physician lists, links to legal and mental health resources, and Name and Gender Change Guides. It also provides current information about changes in state and federal law against the backdrop of a rapidly-changing legal landscape.

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La tarea de promover los derechos humanos requiere facilitar el acceso organizado a los instrumentos jurídicos y demás referencias doctrinales desarrolladas por el Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos. El objetivo de la serie Aportes es sistematizar todos estos instrumentos para uso de los activistas y ciudadanos comunes.

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A Utah-based immigration activist launched a Spanish-language smartphone application, “Derechos Herencia”, designed to assist those facing detention and deportation proceedings for being in the US illegally. “Derechos Herencia”explains immigrant rights in Spanish and includes links to petitions for illegal immigrants facing deportation proceedings as well as an ability to sign petitions geared toward immigrant rights.

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Legal assistance can be indispensible for human rights defenders who are unable to personally find the resources to represent themselves fairly against legal processes that can be biased or corrupt. Trial observation is a monitoring tool aimed at ensuring the respect of due process and fair trial standards and providing protection to defenders subjected to judicial harassment and persecution. The following is a list of organizations sorted by region that performs legal assistance and trial observation.

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