The Civil Association Intercambios is a non-governmental organization created in Buenos Aires in 1995 whose mission is to study and call attention to problems related to drug use. It was founded by a working team, constituted by a group of professionals with wide-ranging interests in the field of drug-related problems and HIV/AIDS. It is a founding member of the Latin American Harm Reduction Network (Red Latinoamericana de Reducción de Daños) and the Argentine Harm Reduction Network (Red Argentina de Reducción de Daños).
The institution’s mission is to support, within a human rights framework, the construction and application of knowledge related to drug problems.
We understand drug problems and their diverse aspects related with the demand and sale, political control (social and penal), and their social, cultural and personal repercussions. Intercambios also tackles the problems surrounding HIV/AIDS, both in relation to drug use and in other, more general aspects.
Intercambios recognizes that the stigmatization and discriminization associated with these social problems often translates into practices that violate basic human rights. For these reasons, Intercambios dedicates its action to the ethical defense of Human Rights with a comittment to rigorous social science practice.