Guatemala Human Rights Commission Usa

Rating: 4.96 stars   48 reviews

Issues: International

Location: 3321 12th St NE Washington DC 20017 USA

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
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 4 stars  

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

 
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GHRC is an amazingly well run NGO, very effective in carrying out its work, supporting human rights defenders, and educating the American public about human rights issues in Guatemala. There is no other organization like it.

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I am the Secretary of Migrant Issues for the Guatemalan Peace and Development Network, I am originally from Guatemala and since the early 90's I received direct support and witnessed the work of the Guatemalan Human Rights Commission promoting not only human rights in Guatemala but also the human rights of Guatemalans living in the United States.

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The only change that I can think is that I wish they had more staff to do more projects in Guatemala and also with Guatemalans living in the United States

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Great organization, committed to social justice and community organizing. Their work in solidarity with the people of Guatemala is stellar. Advocacy, education, awareness and learning experiences are part of the opportunities for Americans interested in getting involved.

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I participated in a GHRC delegation 4 years ago to learn about violence against women in Guatemala. It was absolutely life changing even given I have been doing advocacy in the area of violence against women in the states for over 20 years. The delegation was a powerful opportunity to connect with strong and brave activists in Guatemala and learn how they organize their communities to bring awareness to these issues and support to survivors. I deeply learned how universal this issue is and how we need to work together in solidarity to stop violence against women.

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The Guatemala Human Rights Commission is a trusted source for in-depth information and analysis concerning the ongoing human rights crisis and struggle for justice in Guatemala. I strongly recommend it to anyone in the human rights/social justice and Latin American Studies fields.

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I have been involved with social science research in Guatemala for nine years now, and in my experience GHRC has proven itself to be one of the most upright and dedicated nonprofits in the country - and does so on a much smaller budget than most nonprofits. I highly recommend them for those interested in accompaniment of human rights defenders in Guatemala.

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While some organizations stepped back from advocacy in Guatemala following the signing of peace accords and end of the civil war in the 1990's, GHRC has remained constant and steadfast in its commitment to justice and social progress. I was an election observer in 1995 and have continued in health and development work there, and the persistent and increasing threats to the fabric of civil society has shown their vision to be correct, and the need for their important advocacy remains great. They are a small organization that does very effective work.

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This nonprofit is doing extremely important work to uncover the truth and bring closure and justice to Guatemala. As a resident of Guatemala for a total of 8 years, some of these during horrible times, and most recently a year ago, I know that the wounds are still fresh for thousands and thousands of families who lost loved ones. The work of GHRC is done with the highest professional standards. It is painstaking work, done lovingly by a team of brilliant, dedicated people who truly believe in this cause. I follow their progress in the news from Guatemala and from an ex-colleague that works there. It is profoundly important and I am heartened by the progress they are making.

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GHRC has consistently provided in-depth research on pressing human rights issues in Guatemala and cultivated the growth of a worldwide community of individuals and organizations committed to speaking out against egregious human rights violations in Guatemala. Their work is of high caliber, their staff is professional and dedicated and their information is consistently reliable and informative. Kudos to the GHRC staff and Board for your courageous work to expose human rights offenders, protect those who speak out against violations and share your passionate belief that a more just Guatemala is possible.

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GHRC plays a vital role in disseminating important advocacy campaigns along with information in the U.S. regarding human rights violations in Guatemala. As an independent journalist, GHRC's work complements my own in finding the right audience in the US and carrying out important campaigns.

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