Anti-Criminalization and Freedom from Violence

LGBTQI communities face disproportionate levels of violence, including hate violence, intimate partner and family violence, and institutional violence in the form of laws that criminalize aspects of LGBTQI people’s lives, dignity and livelihoods. These laws range from sodomy laws that ban consensual sex between same-sex adults to statutes that ban cross-dressing and criminalize sex work.

Astraea supports organizations and campaigns that work for systemic change and resist the criminalization of LGBTQI lives. Our grantee partners mobilize to end police and state violence against LGBTQI people, educate community members about their rights, advocate against laws and policies that criminalize LGBTQI people, and carry out international advocacy campaigns to shine a spotlight on human rights violations.


Aireana - Grupo por los Derechos de las Lesbianas
Asunción, Paraguay

Common Language
Beijing, China

Fundación de Desarrollo Humano Integral CAUSANA
Quito, Ecuador

Femme en Action Contre la Stigmatisation el la Discrimination Sexuelle (FACSDIS)
Port au Prince, Haiti

Grupo Safo

Iranti Org
Johannesburg, South Africa

Istanbul LGBTT
Istanbul, Turkey

Lesbian Organization Rijeka LORI
Rijeka, Croatia

Lesbianas Independientes Feministas y Socialistas (LIFS)
Lima, Peru

New Delhi, India

Pembe Hayat LGBTT
Ankara, Turkey

Red Lésbica "CATTRACHAS"
Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Santamaría Fundación
Cali, Colombia

Sarajevo Open Centre (SOC)
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Singapore, Singapore

Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD)
Georgetown, Guyana

Taller de Comunicación Mujer (TC Mujer)
Quito, Ecuador



Audre Lorde Project (ALP)
New York, New York

Black and Pink
Boston, Massachusetts

New Orleans, Louisiana

Colorado Anti-Violence Project (CAVP)
Denver, Colorado

Community United Against Violence (CUAV)
San Francisco, California

El/La Para Translatinas
San Francisco, California

Freedom Inc.
Madison, Wisconsin

Gender Justice L.A.
Los Angeles, California

Hearts on a Wire Collective
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Power Inside
Baltimore, Maryland

Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM)
Providence, Rhode Island

Streetwise and Safe
New York, New York

Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP)
San Francisco, California

Queers for Economic Justice (QEJ)
New York, New York