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Guatemala Accompaniment Project (GAP)

NISGUA is one of the many organizations worldwide using international accompaniment as a strategy in the global struggle for the protection of human rights. Organizations, communities and activists under threat request an international presence as a security measure to dissuade attacks and create a safer space for them to carry out their human rights and social justice work.

In Guatemala, state and corporate actors, as well as parallel and clandestine power structures dating from the internal armed conflict and favored by the climate of impunity in the country, continue to exert power through intimidation, criminalization and violence. When human rights violations such as these take place, the monitoring and reporting done by NISGUA accompaniers through the Guatemala Accompaniment Project (GAP) serves to alert the international community. Our networks take action and pressure the Guatemalan government, transnational corporations and other actors to encourage the protection of human rights.

What is it like to be an accompanier? You’ll find direct reporting on the issues our accompaniment partners ask us to bring to you, as well as accompanier perspectives on NISGUA’s blog.

How does accompaniment work?

A non-violent response in the protection of threatened human rights defenders.

Who does GAP accompany?

More than 30 organizations currently receive accompaniment for their work advancing social justice and grassroots movements in Guatemala. Read NISGUA’s GAP brochure for more information.

Sponsoring Communities in the US

Grassroots groups organized to support accompaniers and share information.

Become an accompanier with GAP

Application materials, deadlines to apply, and more information!

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January 7-13 training in Berkeley, CA for placements throughout 2018.  Find application materials here.

The Power of Presence

Download the latest report on 20+ years of international accompaniment in Guatemala