Atala v. Chile

Since 2004, the IWHR Clinic has worked in collaboration with Chilean attorneys when a Chilean Supreme Court ruling stripped Karen Atala, a lesbian mother and judge, of custody of her three daughters on the basis of her sexual orientation.

The case eventually made its way up to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. In 2011, IWHR co-authored an amicus brief arguing that discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is a violation under customary international law. The IWHR Amicus brief was the only one brief to make this argument that the Court received. The case resulted in the Court's first recognition of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity as a human rights violation under the American Convention on Human Rights. The Clinic followed up the case with advocacy to ensure compliance with the decision before the UN Committee Against Discrimination Against Women.

Sexual Minorities Uganda v. Lively

IWHR is working with the Center for Constitutional Rights on this case Alien Tort Statute Case which alleges that Scott Lively's involvement in anti-gay efforts in Uganda, including his participation in a conspiracy to strip away fundamental rights from LGBT persons constitutes persecution.

LGBT Discrimination in Haiti

IWHR is working in collaboration with local Haitian LGBT groups on a report submission to the UN Human Rights Committee for its periodic review of Haiti.