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Detainee Support Parties

Given the desire for anonymity, perhaps introductions between law students, families, and activists could occur at one-time events, or "parties".

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Parties are very efficient vehicles for connection. It doesn't take long to meet everyone in a room. At these support parties, Participants could wear nametags that define their connection to a detainee or offer a service, with titles like "lawyer" or "activist". This could give families a place to connect with each other, as well as a place to look for help. After introductions are made, contact information could be exchanged, and subsequent meetings between specific people could provide a platform for collaboration and relationship building.

Participants could host these events at their homes to keep it private and anonymous. Events could occur at different times in different locations to create location-based nodes of community. 

What kind of resources are needed to get this idea off the ground and/or support it over time?

Perhaps Amnesty could get a network going primarily by setting up the first parties and inviting people they already know: families who have contacted them, law students at local universities, and activists involved in the issue. In time, these connections would grow as people introduce each other, and hopefully the network would begin to sustain itself.

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Photo of Vincent Cheng

Nice one Alix.

Connecting people face to face can help build relationships & trust.

Security/Privacy is also key where these types of gatherings are likely to be persecuted.

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Photo of Alix Gerber

Good point, Vincent. I'll think more about that.