The Advocacy Project (AP) is a nonprofit that partners with various organizations worldwide in order to advocate for and aid marginalized and often oppressed communities. Specifically, AP works with community-based organizations to create lasting aid programs. Collateral Repair Project has partnered with The Advocacy Project to create Advocacy Quilts through the Hope Workshop.
Advocacy Quilts are an AP initiative that began in Bosnia in 2006 after the Srebrenica Massacre and was a way for women to make money, share their stories, and express their feelings in a therapeutic manner. Advocacy Quilts seek to preserve culture, develop new skills, and provide an outlet of expression. The women involved are encouraged to sell their handiwork and develop financial independence.
The Advocacy Project commissions embroidered fabric squares from Hope Workshop each year that are sent back to the United States to be sewn into a large quilt that is then showed around the country and sold.The women who participate in Hope Workshop are trained in embroidery and sewing techniques and design their own squares. The work is a way for their voices to be heard and a way to express their emotions.