HANCOCK -- The Guatemala Accompaniment Project (GAP) of the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) trains and places qualified candidates as human rights accompaniers.
Accompaniers work as human rights observers, providing an international presence to Guatemalans organizing in defense of their rights in a variety of contexts, including precedent-setting genocide cases and local opposition to mega-projects. Accompaniment is one tool used in response to the threats, harassment and violence faced by survivors of Guatemala's 36-year-long civil war, grassroots organizations working for justice and indigenous communities combating destructive mega-development projects on their land.
The next training will be held in January 2011 in the Bay Area, California. The application deadline is Oct. 31, 2010. For more information please visit www.nisgua.org.
To learn how you can help, even if you cannot be an accompanier, visit the Copper Country Guatemala Accompaniment Project (CCGAP) at www.ccgap.org and learn about their work.