NISGUA builds mutually beneficial grassroots ties between the people of the U.S. and Guatemala and advocates for grassroots alternatives to challenge elite power structures and oppressive U.S. economic and foreign policy.

Guatemala Accompaniment Project

NISGUA’s Guatemala Accompaniment Project (GAP) participates in the global struggle to ensure the respect of human rights by placing volunteers side-by-side Guatemalan individuals and organizations threatened for defending their own rights.

Defense of Life and Territory

Over the past ten years, more than a million Guatemalans have voted in popular referenda against resource extraction activities on their lands and yet the government continues to grant licenses to transnational companies. Communities are rising up to peacefully defend their lands and protect their future.

Justice and Accountability

In the aftermath of the internal armed conflict, survivors groups filed charges against former de facto presidents and their military high commands for crimes against humanity and genocide. Witnesses and families continue to push for justice for crimes of the past that remain in impunity today.

U.S. Connections and Movement Building

We believe that our social movements here in the U.S. are intricately linked with the struggles of communities and organizations in Guatemala. We build people-to-people connections and solidarity across borders through U.S. speaking tours with Guatemalan human rights defenders, delegations, gatherings and workshops.

Latest from our blog

Caravan traveling to Huehuetenango celebrates the freedom of ancestral and community authorities

August 26th, 2016|0 Comments

On July 30, 2016, seven ancestral and community authorities from northern Huehuetenango began their journey back home after being held as political prisoners. All of the men were held for over a year – one for over three – on [...]

International Convergence at the U.S./Mexico Border from October 7-10, 2016

August 26th, 2016|0 Comments

The following is a press release issued by the School of the Americas Watch (SOAW), in advance of the International Convergence at the U.S./Mexico Border. NISGUA has officially endorsed the Convergence and will be present, together with our 2016 fall [...]

Fernando Solis from El Observador on the Alliance for Prosperity

August 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

While the United States pushes forward with the Alliance for Prosperity – allocating $750 million this fiscal year alone to Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala – NISGUA talked with Fernando Solis, editor and political writer at El Observador, to get [...]

ADH Statement on the International Day of Indigenous Peoples

August 12th, 2016|0 Comments

The following is a statement made by the Departmental Assembly of the Peoples of Huehuetenango (ADH) on the International Day of Indigenous Peoples. For the original statement by the ADH, click here. Translation by NISGUA. The Departmental Assembly of the Peoples [...]

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