Mesoamerica - What's New

Urgent Actions & Appeals

We are deeply saddened and outraged by the assassination of Honduran activist—our sister and friend—Berta Cáceres, Coordinator of COPINH. Read JASS' official statement.
Read the demands compiled and shared by the Cáceres Family and COPINH. There has been "total secrecy that surrounds the investigation of her assassination and the attempts to criminalize members of COPINH and other human rights defenders..."

Regional

Since 2012, we have collaborated with the Nobel Women’s Initiative and other regional and local partners to hear first-hand from indigenous and rural women leading the defense of land and territory against corrupt mining and extractive projects. Learn more here.
Throughout the world, many feminists and other women activists working for social justice or gender equality are reluctant to recognize themselves as human rights defenders either because they believe their work goes beyond the human rights framework; because they feel that by naming themselves as such, their political identity as feminists becomes blurred; because they think that the term is too focussed on the law or too dangerous in their particular contexts; because they fear retaliations
Violence against women activists continues to rise. Unfortunately, despite considerable effort, responses to this violence are coming up short. Given the urgency of the situation, JASS and allies are questioning the underlying assumptions guiding activist safety, and bringing a feminist and movement building perspective to rethinking the approach.

Blog Entries

By Laura Carlsen, "Our Power and Our Protection: Sharing Information and Knowledge on Extractivism," Antigua, Guatemala. May 21-23, 2018
By Laura Carlsen, "Our Power and Our Protection: Sharing Information and Knowledge on Extractivism," Antigua, Guatemala. May 21-23, 2018

Resources

Defensoras de los derechos humanos de 19 países exigen que se ponga fin a la violencia y la discriminación que siguen poniendo en peligro sus vidas, sus derechos y sus trabajo indispensable en pro de la justicia e igualdad. Vea las recomendaciones.
Women human rights defenders from 19 countries demand an end to the violence and discrimination that continues to put their lives, rights, and indispensable work for justice and equality at risk. Read their recommendations here.

Women Crossing the Line

Berta Cáceres
In honor of Berta Cáceres, we share an earlier piece that spotlights some aspects of her journey as an indigenous leader in last few years. Thank you Berta for crossing many lines of courage and justice.