Guatemala City and surrounding region
Application deadline EXTENDED: May 15, 2017
Human Rights Defenders in Guatemala will provide an opportunity for students to interact with and learn from front-line activists working on issues ranging from justice for the disappeared to land and water rights to violence against women. During this eight-day-long program, we'll visit with human rights defenders in Guatemala City and the nearby countryside. We'll tour the National Police Archives, which were instrumental in the genocide trials of Guatemalan officials, and the Museum of Memory that documents the atrocities of the 1980s and early 90s internal armed conflict. We'll visit La Puya, where activists have held an ongoing protest for four years against an American gold mining company that threatens to leach arsenic into the water. We'll meet with some of the survivors of the genocide who testified in the genocide trials. We'll pay particular attention to how issues of race, gender, and indigenous rights intersect in the experiences of Guatemala's Mayan people. Finally, we'll envision ways we can return to the US to advocate with our own government on behalf of the human rights defenders of Guatemala.
(includes: lodging, some meals, ground transportation, etc.)
Out of Pocket estimates:
Total Program Cost Estimate: $2,796 (1 cr. undergraduate); $3,053 (1 cr. graduate)