Who are we?
The Defenders of Dignity are a volunteer network organized and run by the Housing is a Human Right Initiative powered by AIDS Healthcare Foundation. We are not a service. The Defenders of Dignity gather information on the ways LA City officials are harassing unhoused residents.
Why do we do it?
The Defenders of Dignity are concerned that the city is using government services to make life uncomfortable for unhoused tenants. We believe LA officials are harassing residents without a home to encourage them to move away. They'd rather have people leave Los Angeles entirely, rather than provide housing services to those in need.
This tactic is immoral. We've made it our mission to find out how the city is using tax dollars to harass people instead of housing them. The Defenders of Dignity are documenting these cases so that we can hold the city accountable for their actions. But we need your help to put an end to this discrimination once and for all.
How does it work?
Unhoused tenants can call our hotline at (855)-949-8253 or (855)-WHY-TAKE. Leave a voicemail or send us a text about sweeps, harassment, or any other kind of negative action aimed at unhoused residents that you see or experience. If these actions happen regularly, we can send people out to document what is happening.
The Defenders of Dignity hotline is open 24/7. Don't hesitate to call or text at any time. When you report harassment make sure to include the following:
- The Location of the Incident
- The Time it Occurred
- The City Department Responsible for the Incident (Sanitation, Police Department, etc.)
- Any Other Information That Will Help Document the Incident
We need your help to collect this vital data so that we can identify problem people hired by the city and look for patterns targeting unhoused LA residents. Let's put an end to city sponsored harassment once and for all.