Protecting rainforests in partnership with indigenous peoples since 1989

Rights

Diana Ríos, daughter of slain indigenous rights activist Jorge Ríos, in traditional red face paint

We support indigenous leaders to secure and assert their rights at local, national and international levels and foster networks, alliances, and platforms that strengthen their voice.

Lands

The circular communal building of the Watoriki Yanomami community in the middle of the Amazon rainforest in Roraima, Brazil

We partner with indigenous communities to obtain legal rights to customary lands and to protect them from deforestation through technical training, legal and negotiation support, and advocacy.

Leadership

Indigenous community members convene for a village meeting

We work with indigneous peoples’ organizations, NGOs and leaders to build the institutions, governance structures and technical skills to advance their policy and development objectives.

COVID-19 in Indigenous Communities

Rainforest Foundation US is working around the clock to provide indigenous communities with a range of assistance to manage the COVID-19 crisis, including information and communication, humanitarian support, medical supplies, and economic opportunities.

Betty‌ ‌‌Rubio‌ ‌Padilla uses her cell phone to monitor the Amazon Rainforest for deforestation.
In The News

Profile in Forbes Gives a Face to the Amazon’s Front Line

An article in Forbes describes the work of Betty Rubio Padilla, president of the Federation of Communities of the Middle Napo and Curaray and Arabela River Basins, to stop deforestation in her territory. RFUS trained Betty’s community to use satellite technology and deforestation alerts in order to quickly detect and respond to illegal incursions.

Take Action Against Climate Change

Rainforest Foundation US is tackling the major challenges of our day: deforestation, the climate crisis, and human rights violations. Your donation moves us one step closer to creating a more sustainable and just future.

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Adam crafts original content and repurposes existing material and information in a way that communicates the organization’s engagement priorities to various audiences. Prior to working at RFUS, he wrote for several outlets, including: The Wall Street Journal, The Budapest Times, and A&E, amongst others. He’s also a published fiction writer and has written and staged several plays in New York City. Adam holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University—Camden, and is a native English speaker who is bilingual in Hungarian and fluent in Spanish.