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As Heads of State from Mexico, Central America and the United States prepare to meet for the Summit of the Central American Integration System (SICA) in Costa Rica on May 4 and 5th, JASS (Just Associates), the America's Program, the Guatemala Human Rights Commission-USA and the Center for Economic and Policy Research collaborated, with others, to
In a statement released by the Mesoamerican WHRD Initiative (IMD), more than 200 women human rights defenders from Mesoamerica recognize and support the historic trial of Efraín Ríos Montt and José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez for their role in the Guatemalan genocide.
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This year’s International Women’s Day sought to publicize the rampant problem of violence against women. While every country is fraught with different forms and levels of violence against women, it is clear that in times of instability, women pay the highest price. This is precisely the case in Mesoamerica.
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With the 57th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) taking place in New York (March 4-15), IM-Defensoras send a plea to CSW to take effective measures to eradicate violence against women human rights defenders. The Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders 
From February 15-20, JASS’ Board and Regional Directors gathered for a series of meetings in Washington DC to develop a vision, plan and agenda for what JASS will become by 2020. This time was filled with exciting events including a panel discussion on the political empowerment of women at George Washington University as well as a fun dinner party with the Crossregional team.
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At the 12th AWID Forum, JASS organized the in-depth session “Access to and Control over Resources: Organizing for Women’s EmPOWERment”. The following section presents some of the key ideas discussed in an attempt to broaden the understanding of access and control of resources from an analysis of power and rights. An example of these power dynamics is illustrated in a case from Guatemala where indigenous women and their communities’ struggle for recognition, rights, and resources threatened by mining industries.
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Aura Lolita Chavez Ixcaquic, known as Lolita is a leader of the Council of K’iche’ Peoples in Defense of Life, Mother Nature, Earth and Territory (CPK). Her organization groups 87 communities and their traditional authorities that work to protect their lands, resources and territory.
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On the heels of the massacre of 7 k’iche and kaqchikel indigenous activists in Totonicapán, Guatemala during peaceful protests on October 4th, Guatemala’s government continues to deny responsibility and fails to reign in transnational mining companies whose illegal land grabs displace communities. These land seizures and mining activities have contributed to high levels of poverty, illness, violence and death, leaving indigenous women to bear the brunt.
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Final Report for the Americas Social Forum held in Guatemale in October of 2008.
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Synthesis report of the fact-finding mission held in Guatemala initatied by the Petateras of Guatemala, in coordination with Feminist International Radio Endeavor (FIRE) and JASS (Just Associates).
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