The Natalia Project is a global alarm and incident response system for human rights defenders at risk. It is named after the Russian human rights activist Natalia Estemirova, a partner of ours who was murdered in 2009 in Chechnya.
Today, there are more than 150 participants in the Natalia Project. Participants receive security training and develop an individual incident response protocol. They carry an alarm device that can send a distress signal, including an exact GPS location, to Civil Rights Defenders. Within moments of an incident, a global and local response is set in motion, significantly increasing the chances of survival.