Riot police

Riot police are deployed on March 27, 2016, at a citizens march to commemorate victims of the terrorist attacks in Brussels. Across the globe, governments are shutting down spaces for civic engagement. The Open Society Foundations are working to forge a new solidarity that emphasizes our mutual interrelatedness, and keeps our public spaces open and free. Photo credit: © Olivier Polet/Reporters/Redux

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Two men playing a drum

In January 2014, São Paulo launched an innovative new program called Operation Open Arms in an area known as Cracolândia, where many people who use drugs congregate. The new program offers housing and low-threshold employment opportunities to over 500 homeless drug users. The Open Society Foundations support harm reduction efforts for people who use drugs in Latin America and around the world.

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Two men wrapped in gold blankets

Two men who have just arrived on the Greek island of Lesbos watch boats filled with Syrian refugees approach the beach from the Turkish coast. The summer of 2015 saw a surge in the number of migrants and refugees arriving in Europe. The Open Society Foundations support endeavors to assist them as they escape conflict in their home countries and strive for better lives.

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Woman reading at a market

Fauziyya D. Sulaiman, a romance novelist in Nigeria, reads a book at the market after dropping off her newest release for sale. The photography from the Moving Walls 23: Journeys exhibition features people from across the globe escaping hardship and creating new spaces in which to make their voices heard. The Open Society Foundations support the right to determine one’s own future, free from the burden of violence, discrimination, or restrictions on freedom of expression.

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Couples celebrate in front of the White House

After major victories for same-sex marriage in the United States and Ireland, the focus shifts to parts of the world where marriage equality remains a distant dream. In nearly 40 percent of the world’s countries, homosexual conduct between consenting adults remains criminal. The Open Society Foundations support efforts to end discrimination against LGBTI people everywhere.

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Investor and philanthropist George Soros established the Open Society Foundations to help countries make the transition from communism.

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