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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Human Rights

Mission: Founded in 1982, GHRC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting human rights in Guatemala by documenting abuses, educating the international community, mobilizing our grassroots base and advocating for just policies. GHRC supports Guatemalan communities and human rights defenders who face threats and violence due to their work to promote positive, systemic change.

Results: In 2012 we: - Delivered over 2,200 petition signatures to the Guatemalan government requesting food aid and other support for the 800 indigenous families evicted in the Polochic Valley. As a result of this petition as well as GHRC’s ongoing support with their case before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the families received six deliveries of food and have been promised land. - Created an online action to email US Members of Congress, asking them to maintain the ban on US funding to the Guatemalan army. Our supporters sent 2,111 emails and the ban will remain in place for the year. - Provided affidavits in 10 cases of Guatemalans applying for asylum and testified in three more. At least two applicants received asylum based on domestic violence they had suffered in Guatemala and were allowed to remain in the US. The other cases have been postponed. - Coordinated a successful email and call campaign targeting the mining company Kappes, Cassiday & Associates, as well as the Guatemalan Government, calling for an end to attacks on the communities in resistance in San José del Golfo. We accompanied the emails with direct talks with the US Embassy in Guatemala to advocate for dialogue and the full respect of the communities’ right to protest. A tense calm has been maintained since then. - Provided scholarships to 18 children of human rights defenders who have been attacked or killed for their work, enabling them to continue their education. - Led a delegation on women in resistance. On returning to the US, the delegates collected books and arts supplies for organizations they had met with and used their new knowledge to better serve their Guatemalan clients in the US.

Programs: Programs: Advocacy Education Support for Human Rights Defenders Themes: Land and Natural Resources Militarization Women's Rights Truth, Justice and Historical Memory Criminalization and Impunity

Community Stories

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 John281

Donor

Rating: 4

I rely on GHRC for professional methods, knowledge,strategies for helping the indigenous make progress against overwhelming odds.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a former volunteer with Sister Parish, I admire the work of the GHRC. It remains a major source of information for me.

2 Jennifer381

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a journalist and student of Latin American Studies and Human Rights, GHRC is great source of information. Through the use of social media it keeps the public up-to-date with current human rights violations and legal cases in Guatemala. GHRC is also a dedication organisation which is committed to working with Guatemalans and local activists and human rights defenders for legal and social reform, accountability for past abuses carried out by the state against its own citizens, including genocide, the protection of indigenous land rights, and the end of the culture of impunity in Guatemala. Thank you GHRC for all the work that you do.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GHRC is my most relied upon source for information regarding human rights in Guatemala. They face difficult challenges in highlighting human rights abuses, but continue to do so and thereby help all people fighting for human or environmental rights in Guatemala. I wish there were more ways I could help them in their work. Thank you GHRC!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GHRC is a key source of information and inspiration for me as a former volunteer in Guatemala '88-90 now working as a social worker with Central American immigrants to the US.

1 Rosario C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Excelente trabajo informativo. Conozco esta organización por su trabajo tesonero en defensa ypromoción de los derechos humanos en Guatemala. Saludos respetuosos.

1 Rachel125

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GHRC is an incredible organization in a multitude of ways. Their staff is incredibly dedicated to their cause, and the many ways in which they work for and with the indigenous peoples of Guatemala. Not only are they pushing for justice within the US for Guatemalans, but they are also on the ground in Guatemala working to support human rights defenders every day. They also host delegations in Guatemala to educate individuals who are interested the various human rights, environmental rights, and political issues in the country. I was fortunate enough to participate in one of their delegations and it was eye opening and life changing. Thank you GHRC for everything that you do!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked as an intern with GHRC between 2011-2012 and it was an incredible experience! GHRC is an organization of dedicated advocates who avidly seek to promote the rights of Guatemalans. They work tirelessly for the noble cause of protecting human rights. I would highly recommend getting involved to volunteer or donate to their worthy cause!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GHRC is a wonderful group helping indigenous people in Guatemala. We have a family tie to this group of people and GHRC is the most effective group helping.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Guatemala Human Rights Commission does work that no one else does. Who else speaks for Guatemala's Indigenous peoples like this?

1 Shelby3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have always been honored to be involved in GHRC's mission and efforts. I look up to the staff members here as true agents of change, and I have learned so much about social justice, humanity and compassion from the organization.

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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GHRC has been an irreplaceable part of my journey in understanding both the struggle of the Guatemalan people as well as the fight towards justice on a much greater scale. With the limited resources this organization has access to, the outcomes are incredible. The people working at GHRC have so much love and drive in their hearts, and so much desire to educate the public about their work. I have loved working with them and I hope to be a part of the organization for a long time.