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Mission NISGUA works for real democracy in Guatemala and the U.S. and strengthens the global movement for justice. NISGUA builds mutually beneficial grassroots ties between the people of the U.S. and Guatemala and advocates for grassroots alternatives to challenge elite power structures and oppressive U.S. economic and foreign policy.
NISGUA participates in a global movement for human rights and fair and just economic systems. We support the oppressed peoples of Guatemala and hold the powerful in Guatemala and the U.S. accountable for their actions. By linking grassroots movements in Guatemala and the U.S., we promote positive social change in both countries as well as solidarity that is mutually respectful and beneficial.
The Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) was formed in 1981 to coordinate local activism on Guatemala in the United States. At the time, the civil war in Guatemala, which lasted 36 years, was at its most vicious. In 1981 alone, the U.S.-sponsored military government killed or disappeared 19,000 civilians. NISGUA emerged as one of the first organizations that dared voice strong and continuous criticism of the U.S. government's implication in these crimes. The situation in Guatemala - and in the United States - has changed since 1981, but NISGUA is still one of the strongest and steadiest grassroots voices for responsible U.S. policy in the region.
Today NISGUA works with Guatemala and Latin America solidarity committees around the country, channels information about Guatemala to U.S. activists, and organizes ongoing grassroots advocacy and lobbying campaigns. Through our annual tours of Guatemalan speakers and delegations to Guatemala, NISGUA strengthens people-to-people ties across borders. As one of the only U.S.-based organizations to provide international accompaniment in Guatemala, NISGUA maintains 9-10 human rights monitors in country at a time who accompany threatened human rights organizations and witnesses involved in precedent-setting human rights cases. NISGUA coordinates its work with Guatemalan grassroots organizations and NGOs and often works in coalition with other U.S.-based organizations to magnify our voice here in the U.S.