Advocacy Programs
Areas of Work: Human Rights; Promote Religious Liberty and
Conscience in the Americas; Identify and Denounce Persecution on
the Basis of Religious Belief; and Educate Individuals on Religious
Freedom Issues Affecting the Region.
Advocacy is at the heart of the existence of our organization. An advocate is someone
Key Goals
who provides advocacy support to people who need it. OAA brings awareness to the
lack of religious freedom and of the violations used to constrain religion in the
* Assist religious and human
Americas Region with emphasis in Cuba. As an organization we are dedicated to
rights NGOs in promoting
promoting religious freedom and the ending of religious violations in Central America
religious freedom in Central
and the Caribbean. We provide resources, education and training to bring awareness.
America and Cuba.
We collaborate with victims, religious leaders, government, and with other like-
minded organizations to inspire the public to “look beneath the surface” and help find
*Engage North American
a solution to end religious discrimination and violations.
faith-based communities to
learn about the situation of
Inherent in religious freedom is the right to believe or not believe as one’s conscience
the church, and invite them to
leads, and live out one’s beliefs openly, peacefully, and without fear. Freedom of
participate in solutions.
Religion or belief is an expansive right that includes the freedoms of thought,
conscience, expression, association, and assembly. Article 18 of the Universal
* Identify and denounce
Declaration of Human Rights affirms that: “Everyone shall have the right to freedom
regimes that are severe
of thought, conscience and religion. This right shall include freedom to have or to
persecutors on the basis of
adopt a religion or belief of his choice, and freedom, either individually or in
religious belief.
community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in
worship, observance, practice and teaching”. OAA defends this principal.
*Issue reports with
recommendations, including
OAA also encourages greater learning about human rights and democratic values
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through formal and informal training and activities that engage a cross-section of the
topics imperiling religious
population, among them youth, women and vulnerable groups. Our initiatives leverage
freedom in the Americas.
innovative techniques including arts, social media tools, and other interactive
opportunities to promote discussion and collaboration.
* Create awareness that will
empower people who are
seeking freedoms and greater
human rights.
As an organization we feel compelled to help others monitor religious persecution and discrimination in our
region, recommend policies, and develop programs to promote religious freedom.