Many of you already know about my connection to NISGUA, an organization that has linked communities in Guatemala and the U.S. in the global struggle for the defense of human rights and protection of the Earth since 1981. I was fortunate to work as an international accompanier with NISGUA in Guatemala in 2005 and then as a staff member in DC and Guatemala for another two years. I now serve as a member of NISGUA's board, even though juggling my roles as a mother and non-profit immigration attorney in South Texas makes my days full. Aaaand frequently crazy.
I make the time to support NISGUA because the resilience and determination of our Guatemalan partners fills me with hope. That feeling is a much-needed antidote to working as an immigration lawyer in Trump's America. In the past few years, I have seen firsthand the devastating impacts of increased immigration enforcement and indiscriminate detention of men, women and children, in tandem with the systematic narrowing of all forms of immigration relief. The resulting heartbreak, deprivation, and fear is too much to put into words.
Although many families have been forced to flee Central America, communities in Guatemala are fighting to change the conditions created by destructive U.S. policies and protect their right to remain. NISGUA lifts up and supports indigenous communities demanding respect for self-determination. For example, this past year's focus on building relationships between indigenous water protectors in the U.S. and Guatemala culminated in a delegation of Indigenous undergraduate students from New Mexico State University to Guatemala, where they learned from the grassroots organizing efforts of Maya Q’eqchi’, Mam, Q’anjob’al, and K’iche’ environmental defenders.
I have experienced firsthand NISGUA's ability to facilitate radical connection and transformation, and as such, I'm so excited to see where these new spaces for horizontal exchange take our social movements.
That’s why I'm asking you to join me in supporting NISGUA's work during the May Match Campaign, as your gift will have double the impact. Thanks to a small group of generous donors, all gifts made between May 15 - 31 will be matched, dollar-for-dollar. I need your help to meet my personal goal of raising $2,000!
Much and love and gratitude to all for your support.