A massage parlor protecting violence against sex workers, #FreeBurma civil resistance toolkits, and how to organize a street medic training: nine human rights resources now on our library

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We’ve revamped our library with updated human rights resources! We’re featuring civil society organizations offering crisis intervention support for sex workers, civil resistance toolkits to strengthen the #FreeBurma movement, and capacity building trainings for human rights defenders (HRD’s).

Following the hate crimes against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (API) community, we’re starting with three API organizations committed to protecting and advancing the rights of the API community.


Our library is constantly growing with contributions from our team and other external supporters. Want to share a resource with us? Leave a comment in the blog post or reach out to us on social media.

Protecting API Women and Sex Workers

Type of resource: Organization

Best for: Learning how to support Asian sex workers directly impacted by police and gender-based violence

Red Canary Song is the only grassroots Chinese massage parlor worker coalition in the U.S. Red Canary Song advocates for the over 9,000 workplaces that lack political representation, access to labor rights or collective organizing. They also organize internationally with Asian sex workers in Toronto, Paris and Hong Kong.

Type of resource: Organization

Best for: Enhancing access to tangible support services for Asian and migrant sex workers

Butterfly provides direct support to, and advocates for, Asian and migrant sex workers. Some of Butterfly’s direct services for sex workers include crisis intervention, legal support, capacity building, public education, and a 24/7 hotline in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Type of resource: Organization

Best for: Connecting to other AAPI women and girls acting against gender and racial discrimination

AAPI Women Lead and #ImReadyMovement work to challenge and help end the intersections of violence against and within AAPI communities, in solidarity with other communities of color.

The #FreeBurma Movement

Type of resource: Activist toolkit

Best for: Activists looking to refine their scope of work and implement evidence-based civil resistance tactics

The HK19 Manual (Part I/Part II) was written by activists in the Resistance in Hong Kong to share best practices, strategies and tactics for protesters against the 2021 military coup in Burma. Part I covers roles in the resistance, while Part II covers strategies and tactics.

Type of resource: Organization

Best for: Democracy advocates exploring other ways to support Myanmar

Mutual Aid Myanmar is a collection of activists, academics, and policy makers working to support the democracy movement in Myanmar. They distribute funds to organizations and activists with the most need and greatest impact.

Type of resource: Organization

Best for: Staying up to date on human rights and civil society news in Myanmar 

Progressive Voice Myanmar is a research and advocacy organization that maintains strong networks and relationships with grassroots organizations and community-based organizations (CBO’s) throughout Myanmar.

Safety, Security and Protection

Type of resource: Activist toolkit

Best for: Medical and other public health professionals providing care and protection for activists  

Street Medic Wikia is a collaboratively edited information resource focused on medical issues, treatment protocols, ethical standards, and historical information of use to street medics. It covers how to protect physical safety of activists, prevent sexual assault, and handle other medical issues on the frontlines.

Type of resource: Activist toolkit

Best for: Highly active social media users 

CAUSE is the ethical social media platform dedicated to the people and movements committed to bringing about social change. CAUSE provides tools specifically tailored for activists and movement organizers to put people, change, and safety at the forefront.

Type of resource: Activist toolkit

Best for: Bigger-picture thinking and envisioning a future guided by practical activism  

The Re.imagining Activism Toolkit is written for grassroots activists and social change leaders working on climate change, poverty, equality, health, human migrations, gender equality plus more. It explains how to think differently as activists and move from mainstream to systemic activism.

What are your thoughts? Leave us a comment below, email us at [email protected], browse our organizations and initiatives in our online library, leave us a comment on Facebook, tweet us @rightsconnected and interact with us on Instagram @rightsconnected.

This blog post was written by Research Associate, Matt Parsons and edited by Education and Communications Associate, Sabrina Sanchez.

Featured image borrowed from Mutual Aid Mynamar, Burmesebae, and Radio Free Asia’s Facebook page.

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