Natalia Project – FAQ

Frequently asked questions about the Natalia Project.

Q: Can the Natalia Project alarm device be traced?

A: The alarm device operates over GSM networks and therefore it’s possible to extract some information. However, this is also the case with a regular mobile phone, something that most of us carry with us all the time. If hiding positions and movements is a concern of the human rights defenders, Civil Rights Defenders will help develop special tactics and procedures.

Q: Can the alarm device be activated by accident?

A: It can. However, Civil Rights Defenders has a detailed protocol on how to verify an alarm and, together with local colleagues that also receive the alarm signal, we determine if the alarm was genuine or false.

Q: How do you decide who is equipped with a Natalia Project alarm device?

A: Generally, a partner of Civil Rights Defenders who faces acute security risk with no mitigating circumstances can be included in the Natalia Project. The person needs to be proactive and prepared to work to strengthen their internal security routines. The person must attend a thorough introduction and training by Civil Rights Defenders. The person should also be responsive to regular communication and interactions with Civil Rights Defenders. Potential applicants or organisations should contact their contact person at Civil Rights Defenders. In exceptional circumstances, human rights defenders who are not a partner of Civil Rights Defenders can be included in the Natalia Project. This is based on the recommendation from a Civil Rights Defenders partner. For more information, please send us an email at nataliaproject@crd.org.

Q: I would like to donate enough to support one alarm device, how much does that cost?

A: The cost of one alarm device is hard to isolate, given that the Natalia Project is about more than just the alarm device. We are happy for all donations – the more funding we get, the more people the project can protect. Please donate here.

Q: How can I help?

A: You can play a very important role in supporting the project and protecting human rights defenders even if you do not have the possibility to support us financially. Please follow the social media channels of Civil Rights Defenders and get updates about Natalia Project. When an alarm is triggered and the news is shared on our social media platforms, please share them widely.

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