We are excited to announce that our Fall 2016 speaking tour, “Guatemalan Women Healing Toward Justice: the case of Sepur Zarco,” will feature Maudi Tzay, a psychologist with the Community Studies and Psycho-social Action Team (ECAP). Maudi has played a crucial role in integrating healing practices into movements for social and environmental justice in Guatemala.

ECAP is a key member of the Alliance to Break the Silence and End Impunity – a multidisciplinary group of three Guatemalan organizations that have come together to support the women survivors of Sepur Zarco in their landmark case against former military personnel for sexual violence and slavery committed during Guatemala’s internal armed conflict. In February of this year, this case made history by successfully trying sexual slavery as a crime against humanity —a first in the Americas for a case carried out in a national court. Read more about the Sepur Zarco trial here.


A woman survivor testifies in preliminary hearings in the Sepur Zarco trial. Photo: UNAMG

This October, NISGUA is honored to accompany Maudi Tzay on a tour of the Southwest and Western United States to celebrate this historic victory by building toward cross-border movements for gender justice and an end to violence against women!

Each year, NISGUA’s speaking tour gives local organizers an opportunity to connect their communities with an activist working on the front lines of social movements in Guatemala. This year, we look forward to connecting Maudi with students, youth, communities of faith, women, indigenous peoples, and communities of color to share strategies for resilience and struggle while exploring the international impact of the Sepur Zarco case. We are especially interested in creating opportunities for horizontal exchange with similarly impacted communities and those supporting survivors and struggling against patriarchal and state violence in their communities.

Friday, October 7: Tucson, AZ
4:00 PM
The Historic Y
738 N. 5th Ave. Tucscon, AZ

Saturday, October 8: Nogales, AZ
3:50 PM
SOA Watch Border Convergence
Hotel Americana
639 N. Grand Ave.
Toltec Room

Sunday, October 9: Austin, TX
6:30 PM
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin
4700 Grover Avenue

Monday, October 10: Austin, TX
12:00-2:00 PM
UT Austin, Benson Latin American Collection
2nd Floor Conference Room, SRH Unit 1
Moderated by Tinker Visiting Professor Aída Hernández, CIESAS, D.F. 

Wednesday, October 12: Corte Madera, CA
Community Potluck with Task Force on the Americas
18 Seminole Avenue.

Thursday, October 13: San Francisco, CA

12:30-1:30 PM
Community College of San Francisco – Mission Campus
1125 Valencia Street. San Francisco, Room 109

5:30-7:30 PM
UC Hastings College of the Law – Center for Gender and Refugee Studies
200 McAllister Street, Alumni Reception Center

Friday, October 14: Oakland, CA
6:30-8:30 PM
Community panel on “Memory and Healing in Movements for Gender Justice”
Intertribal Friendship House
523 International Blvd. Oakland
Co-sponsored by Gabriela SF, Bay Area Latin American Solidarity Committee, and Task Force on the Americas

Monday, October 17: Portland, OR
12:00-1:00 PM
Portland Community College – Southeast Campus
2305 SE 82nd and Division
Great Hall

Public Presentation with Potluck
Augustana Lutheran Church
2710 NE 14th. Street, Portland, OR

Tuesday, October 18: Olympia, WA
12:30-2:00 PM
The Evergreen State College
Seminar II A1105
7:30 PM
Traditions Fair Trade Café
300 5th Ave S. Olympia, WA


Wednesday, October 19: Bellingham & Seattle, WA 
4:30-6:30 PM
University of Washington – Thompson Hall 

Thursday, October 20: Seattle, WA
6:30-8:30 PM
Casa Latina
317 17th Ave. S
Co-sponsored by API Chaya and Surge

Los Angeles

Sunday, October 23 – 5:00 PM
Public Presentation & Community Potluck
with Movimiento Plurinacional Migrante Guatemalteco & Guatemala Education Action Project (GEAP)
328 Alvarado St. Los Angeles, CA

Monday, October 24 – 12:15-1:15
Public Presentation & Luncheon
Oldenborg Luncheon Colloquium
at Pomona College
350 North College Way Claremont, CA