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UAF 2020: Our Strategic Plan

Our strategic plan outlines the scope of Urgent Action Fund’s work from 2018 through 2020. This comprehensive summary integrates our theory of change, the current human rights political landscape, and our strategic priorities.


Feminist Resistance & Resilience

The Urgent Action Fund Sister Funds turn an intersectional lens to the tidal wave of new restrictions, heightened violence, and existential challenges women’s human rights activists endure from regions as diverse as Poland, Uganda, Honduras, Turkey, to Spain. Collective strategizing is needed as we prepare for the next decade of human rights organizing.


Rights Eroded: A Briefing on the Effects of Closing Space on Women Human Rights Defenders

The second in a series, this briefing is the first legal report of its kind documenting the gendered experiences of women’s human rights defenders amongst the growing trend of criminalized activism.


Standing Firm: Women and Trans-Led Organisations Respond to Closing Space for Civil Society

In collaboration with Mama Cash, we offer this report as a tool, resource, and testimony to inform the understanding of how closing space, in all its forms, has a gendered impact.

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Chinyere Ezie



Chinyere Ezie is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where she advocates for racial justice, gender justice, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI+) rights, and challenges governmental abuses of power. Chinyere previously worked at the Southern Poverty Law Center where she brought cases defending the rights of LGBTQI+ Southerners. She also served as a Trial Attorney at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where she litigated employment discrimination cases and secured a $5.1 million jury verdict on behalf of workers subjected to unlawful treatment. Chinyere is a William J. Fulbright Scholar, a White House Fellows Program Regional Panelist, and a cum laude graduate of Yale University. She also received a Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School, where she was an Alexander Hamilton Scholar and served as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Gender and Law. Chinyere serves on the Board of Directors of the Transgender Law Center and the feminist grant-making organization the Urgent Action Fund. She was also a Founding Board Member of the National Trans Bar Association.In 2018, she was named one of the nation’s Best LGBTQI+ Lawyers Under 40.