JASS Mesoamerica

As we step into 2021, we are celebrating womendriven solutions in transforming power and creating lasting change. We would like to share with you inspiring words from our partners and staff in the regions we work. We hope these words fuel your spirits, reignite your imagination and agency to join us as we continue to cross the line and build a more just world.
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JASS Mesoamerica staff give an analysis of the recent peaceful demonstrations in Guatemala.
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In early November, Hurricane Eta slammed into Central America. Honduras and Guatemala were hard hit, with heavy rains, flooding, landslides, electrical storms and high winds. In Honduras, an estimated 2.6 million people are affected, and some 700,000 Guatemalans. Close to 100,000 Hondurans are displaced, with massive damage to homes and infrastructure. Nearly a hundred people are known to be dead or missing in Honduras and 46 killed and 96 reported missing in Guatemala, according to the Foreign Ministry.
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You are the voice of those who challenge the system. If you aren’t inside, who is going to speak for those who are outside? You have to be on the inside, you have to cry out, you have to speak up--and that’s what I have done. Be the voice
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More than 100 organizations from around the world have called for the immediate release of five men abducted July 18 in Triunfo de la Cruz, Honduras. The men are Garifuna land rights defenders, several of them leaders in the internationally known indigenous rights organization, the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH).
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After two terms as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, Michel Forst left the post April 30. Women defenders reflect on gains, challenges, and what lies ahead.
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None of us could have anticipated that the final phase of our Leadership Transition at JASS, my stepping into the role of Executive Director, would coincide with a global pandemic!
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In the wake of COVID-19, JASS has made some exciting organizational pivots. Embedded in our DNA is agility and responsiveness to changing contexts and crises. We are proud at how we have been able to move quickly and leverage our staff who are embedded in the movements we support to rethink our work in response to this moment. These shifts are ensuring that we help our allies and constituencies meet immediate practical needs while simultaneously finding creative ways to strengthen and support strategic organizing based on these needs in a rapidly shifting context. 
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The JASS community gathered in Mexico City in February. Read all the exciting insights and reflections.
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This Thursday, JASS is launching its virtual dialogue series, Women Radically Transforming a World in Crisis. Please join us! Thursday, April 2, 13:00 hrs UTC (check for your time zone) 
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