All the Azimutas work is the Stimul's work. So the program materials and financial statements will be the same as we provided. Practically, Stimul is just a different name of Azimutas to work in Russia . The LGBT initiative group "Stimul" was established in Moscow in 2015. It is crucial for us to work with the LGBT*-community bearing in mind its needs and current problems. To do this, every year "Stimul" arranges proficient survey among the urban community and builds its programs with regard to its results. "Stimul" provides qualified legal assistance to the LGBT*-community in the region and advocates for human rights linked with sexual orientation and gend... read more All the Azimutas work is the Stimul's work. So the program materials and financial statements will be the same as we provided. Practically, Stimul is just a different name of Azimutas to work in Russia . The LGBT initiative group "Stimul" was established in Moscow in 2015. It is crucial for us to work with the LGBT*-community bearing in mind its needs and current problems. To do this, every year "Stimul" arranges proficient survey among the urban community and builds its programs with regard to its results. "Stimul" provides qualified legal assistance to the LGBT*-community in the region and advocates for human rights linked with sexual orientation and gender identity. The organization is not afraid to tackle the sharp and resonant topics such as fake dates, children in same-sex couples, refugees. It is important for "Stimul" to be a highly professional LGBT organization, which strives for equal observance of rights regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity and provides free legal aid in cases of discrimination and violation of rights on the grounds of SOGI. In the first 5 years of its work, "Stimul" has undergone dynamic developments: the team grew by number and level of work, the organization has become structural and qualified, gained reputation not only in Moscow and the region, but also in Russia and internationally. Nowadays "Stimul" has a standing as an NGO, which hears the community and responds to its needs, tenaciously and effectively works with legal cases, is successful in communications and fundraising. Our activities are closely connected with other Russian human rights LGBT organizations; we actively develop partnership and fair competition with them. Mission The Moscow LGBT group "Stimul" is a non-governmental human rights organization that strives for equal rights and human dignity regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity by providing quality legal assistance to victims of discrimination and hate crimes, conducting a public investigation into such cases, as well as educating the LGBT community, performing advocacy and research work. Our values We are a human rights organization. We do not participate in the struggle for power and in political activity. We believe that human rights are the highest value and any authority should secure them. We believe that each and every one is worthy of respect, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, race, nationality, age, attitude to religion and other grounds. We believe that the diversity of people makes the world we live in beautiful, and hatred, on the contrary, is destructive for the world and the people living in it. We have been working in Moscow since 2015. The main programs that "Stimul" implements are: 1. Legal assistance to LGBT individuals and their relatives, 2. Strategic litigation, 3. Work with LGBT refugees, 4. Monitoring of discrimination and violation of human rights on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, 5. International advocacy, 6. Psychological assistance for LGBT individuals, 7. Community's legal education, 8. Development and support of LGBT activists in the regions of the Russian Federation. Speaking of the main achievements by the end of 2019, the following can be underlined: 1. Every year, the number of applications for legal aid almost doubles. 2. By the end of 2019, we were able to eliminate five gangs that were engaged in fake dates and blackmailing towards LGBT people, 3. As a result of our advocacy, seven criminal cases were opened into episodes of hate crimes and violations of the rights of LGBT people, 4. We have secured the dismissal of two senior police officers because of their incompetence, 5. Several dozens of illegal decisions adopted by the investigating authorities were quashed, 6. We conduct prominent cases that are resonant for our country: The case of fake bomb planting during the international LGBT film festival "Side by Side", the case of the removal of children from a gay couple, the first criminal case in Russia concerning outing, the case of the murder of a gay at Kurskiy railway station and others. All these cases were widely covered in the media, including international publications. 7. Thanks to regular monitoring of discrimination and human rights violations on the grounds of SOGI, we have a good evidence base that describes the real situation with LGBT people in the country. This data is becoming our main source for international advocacy work. 8. We work with the most vulnerable group - with LGBT refugees: seven of our applicants received asylum in safe countries, and for refugees who continue to stay in Russia we take all measures to avoid arrests and their placement in the temporary detention centers for foreign citizens (in fact, prisons). 9. We filed five complaints to the European Court of Human Rights, three complaints to the UN Human Rights Committee, participated in the preparation and presentation of alternative reports to the UN Committee on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights, the UN Committee against Torture and the UN Human Rights Committee. 10. We have a high level of references and quotations in the mass media. Our team: We have a decent team of diverse and highly professional employees, which consists of: - Executive director - Financial manager, - Head of the Legal department, - 2 lawyers, - Accountant, - Monitoring coordinator, - Psychologist, - Project manager, - PR-manager. Many of our employees have extensive experience working in human rights and LGBT organizations.
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