Latin America

“She is a seed that has multiplied”
How the murder of Berta Cáceres launched a movement

Together with her grandmother, her sisters, and her colleagues at COPINH, Berta's daughter plans to take her mother’s case as far as she can. If the national courts fail to hold all those implicated to account, they will go to regional and international courts. They aren’t alone. The implications of Berta’s death have reverberated across Honduras and Latin America. If her killers thought it would have a chilling effect on other indigenous communities and activists, they could not have been more wrong.

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True Resilience: Fund grantees refuse to back down during escalating crackdowns in Honduras

“It’s clear that the government is using the post-election crackdowns to ramp up their attacks on grassroots groups that denounce the serious human rights violations they commit,” says Ana Paula Hernandez, Program Officer for Latin America at the Fund. The government wants to silence these groups, but as Fund grantees have demonstrated, it's not that easy.

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How a Trip to Guatemala Solidified my Belief in Grassroots Grantmaking

At La Puya, I saw the tremendous impact Fund grantees have on people’s lives. Due to the corrupt nature of Guatemala’s government, the communities I met are still battling the mine. But the Fund has shown me that with sustained support, they can win—and I’m proud be a part of that victory.

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In Guatemala, Molina Theissen case
moves closer to trial after 36 years

After long battle, a renewed hope for truth, justice, and accountability Photo by James Rodríguez   By Clare Nangle, Fund staff October 6, 2017 What would you do if your son was taken and you never found out what happened to him? This unthinkable question is one that Emma Theissen Álvarez has been forced to ask […]

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41 girls burned to death in Guatemalan “safe home,” trials begin

Photo courtesy of MTM By Zahraa Saheb, Program Intern August 23, 2017 “[They] did not help them. . . they stood still.” When staff members of the Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción orphanage were supposed to rapidly evacuate the children, they instead “stood still,” according to a 16-year-old former resident. On March 8th, 41 […]

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New threats against human rights
defenders require new kinds of protection

Human rights organizations and funders in Latin America need to rethink how they protect defenders in light of increasing threats from non-state actors and impunity encouraged by the state.   By Padre Melo July 11, 2017 This post originally appeared on OpenGlobalRights website; article reposted with permission. Beyond the tragic stories and shocking statistics of environmental and […]

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Video: Activists need new tools to protect themselves

  A record number of activists are being killed in Latin America – and old methods of security aren’t working. How do we protect activists facing threats from shadowy actors and complicit governments? To begin answering this question, the Fund for Global Human Rights and Just Associates (JASS) brought together activists from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, […]

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PROTECTING AGAINST THREATS

Abel Barrera Hernández, director of the Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Center (CDHM), based in Tlapa, Guerrero, Mexico.   Q: Why are people who stand up for human rights at risk from companies, organized crime and extremist political groups, and what can be done to protect them?   Why are defenders at risk and what can […]

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Protecting Against Threats

Claudia Samayoa, the general coordinator for the Protection of Unit of Human Rights Defenders in Guatemala, known as UDEFEGUA.   Q: Why are people who stand up for human rights at risk from companies, organized crime and extremist political groups, and what can be done to protect them? Human rights defenders, whether they work individually […]

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Activists need new tools to protect themselves

  A record number of activists are being killed in Latin America – and old methods of security aren’t working. How do we protect activists facing threats from shadowy actors and complicit governments? To begin answering this question, the Fund for Global Human Rights and Just Associates (JASS) brought together activists from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, […]

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