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 its 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: We are always on the lookout for human rights defenders who need the Natalia Project alarm device. Our biggest restraint is our financial resources; we need to be able to fund not only the bracelet but also the organisational security protocol for each bearer. We also believe that the project works better in countries and regions where we have other human rights works programs in place.

Q: How does one apply to become part of the Natalia Project?

A: Send us an email at

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: If you do not have the possibility to support us financially, follow Civil Rights Defenders, and get updates about the Natalia Project, here: