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Liberate Plant Teachers

Help Grow the Ayahuasca Defense Fund

About the project

As we stare into the face of a sixth mass extinction, plant teachers and the ancestral knowledge systems that surround them are helping humanity to wake up and remember what it truly means to be human and to choose the path of regeneration, of hope, and to be the ancestors our great-grandchildren need us to be.

Indigenous and non-indigenous people who work with these plants − such as ayahuasca, iboga, mushrooms, coca, and others − are being prosecuted for their roles as facilitators, ayahuasceros, healers, and teachers. They've been arrested in Spain, the United States, Chile, Russia, and 24 other countries.

We need to create policies and norms where plants are treated with respect and where the original peoples who have stewarded them for generations receive the acknowledgement and support that is needed now more than ever.

Help free the plants!

The ICEERS Ayahuasca Defense Fund (ADF) helps people who have been arrested by uniting state-of-the-art legal, scientific, community, and public policy expertise. In addition to providing educational information to prevent legal incidents, we promote best practices and sensible policy that respects indigenous cultural heritage and human rights.


What are the funds for?

The ICEERS Ayahuasca Defense Fund (ADF) was initiated in 2016 in response to the growing criminalization of ayahuasca and other psychoactive plants worldwide. This program is supported by an Advisory Committee and an international network of experts.

Thanks to support from the international community, we've worked with over 100 defendants and their legal teams in 27 countries, transcending ignorance and prejudice with facts, and promoting cultural and human rights. We’ve educated judges, lawyers, ambassadors, diplomats, government officials with results. This support has led to many positive legal outcomes.

In the words of someone we supported: “The ADF Team educated me how to protect my religious civil rights and walked these steps with me with great dedication and full commitment. They were the wealth of advice and the guiding force to my legal defense attorney.”

Your donation will fund
the following activities:

  • Respond to the increasing inquiries and legal cases, providing timely moral and strategic support to defendants and their lawyers.
    • A basic case often requires over 200 hours of direct support from our team!
  • Update the 2017 Ayahuasca Technical Report, incorporating new research evidence and new leading global ayahuasca experts as signatories.
    • Since the first edition of this report in 2013, it has played an important role in legal cases around the world.
  • Develop an evidence-based FAQ document summarizing key legal arguments from over 100 documented cases.
    • This document will expand our reach and increase our efficiency by clearly articulating potential strategies for lawyers and defendants.
  • Connect the dots internationally, by analyzing legal trends, policy shifts and lessons learned from legal cases.
    • Up-to-date information is critical and can mean the difference between a legal win or a setback for defendants.
  • Update the online country-by-country legal map on our website by conducting in-depth research and including the latest on new arrests.
    • This important tool supports the international community to make responsible decisions that minimize legal risk.
  • Build on our legal defense work to seize opportunities for pro-active strategies in countries around the world and with international regulatory bodies.
    • Enable us to leverage our extensive networks to build advocacy within countries and regions to change law and policy, thereby eliminating legal risks and promoting public health.

We have gathered an incredible collection of rewards. It's important to us to say thank you with a gift to acknowledge your generosity. Together we are strong!




About the project owner

Founded in 2009, ICEERS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to transforming society’s relationship with psychoactive plants. We do this by engaging with some of the fundamental issues resulting from the globalization of ayahuasca, iboga, and other ethnobotanicals. We have NGO consultative status with the United Nations’ Ecosoc and we have charitable status in the Netherlands, and Spain and through partner organizations in the US and UK.

Our team is dedicated to turning challenges into opportunities. We envision a future where every individual and each community is granted the right to reconnect to themselves and the planet, where indigenous cultures are respected and supported, and where bridges are built between traditional knowledge and science.

As an international organization, we're able to connect the dots between legal cases, policy developments, and research around the world. ICEERS is a small, but dedicated team and we're committed to the transparent and responsible use of funds from the community, leveraging community resources for the greatest possible impact.

We're best known for the Ayahuasca Defense Fund, cutting edge research, human rights advocacy, our support and help service, and trainings and events, such as the World Ayahuasca Conference.





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