Throughout my more than four years living and working in Guatemala, I have been involved with the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA). In 2015, I became an international human rights accompanier: I stood with genocide survivors sharing testimonies of survival and visited criminalized environmental defenders in prison. Later, I became Coordinator of the Guatemala Accompaniment Project, selecting, training, and supporting the next generations of volunteers as they came to stand in solidarity with Guatemalan organizers.
NISGUA is a small non-profit, run almost entirely by individual donations. Despite our size, year after year, I hear from Guatemalan activists who name the importance of an international solidarity presence to their work. I also have the chance to work with hundreds of activists who have supported NISGUA's work over the years through accompaniment, grassroots organizing, and fundraising. And I am so thankful to have the opportunity to work for a more just world -- organizing across borders with folks in Guatemala and the U.S.
As I leave my role as NISGUA staff this July, I hope to close by ensuring that NISGUA can continue onward in its nearly four decades of cross-border work for justice. Please support NISGUA today!