MIA has very close ties many human rights activist, universities and organizations in Guatemala and the Unites States. MIA highlights the collaboration developed through the years with Fundacion Sobrevivientes.
Click for individuals, groups and organizations that MIA recommends you to know about:
Sobrevivientes works with survivors of violence and their families, providing social, psychological, legal, alternative medicine and other aid all under one roof. Sobrevivientes’s website is in Spanish.
Guatemala Peace and Development Network
MIA Founder and Executive Director, Lucia Munoz, is one of the founding members of the GPDN (or RPDG in Spanish) and has worked as their Women Affairs Coordinator since 2004. This work is partly responsible for inspiring her to found MIA.
The Network In Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) works for the rights of Guatemalan people.
Center for Gender and Refugee Studies
The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at U.C. Hastings in San Francisco has done much to expose the legal situation between the U.S. and Guatemala, and how a particular woman, Rodie Alvarado, after fleeing extreme domestic abuse has been treated by the legal system.
MIA works primarily for the women of Guatemala. One of the things that has created the situation of the women in Guatemala, however, is U.S. foreign policy. One prominent scholar and author who points out these relationships is Michael Parenti. Click HERE for the article on Guatemalan women by Michael Parenti and Lucia Munoz published in July of 2007.
Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church
The Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist church is a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and has been very supportive of MIA, and offered fiscal sponsorship while MIA was working on its 501(c)(3) status.
UUSC’s Southern California Unit
The Southern California Unit of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) has run a “Latin American Encuentro” and “Human Rights Forum” annually for over 20 years, educating church members and others about issues in Latin America, and what the U.S. is doing there. Lucia is the event coordinator of this sub group.
Amnesty International works continuously to bring justice in Latin America and around the world.
The School of the Americas Watch works to close the School of the Americas (SOA) and it’s present manifestation, the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. WHISC is an institution of the U. S. Army that trains members of armed forces in Latin American countries to make sure Uncle Sam has friends he can call on to overthrow their government if needed. Several of the worst atrocities during Latin American civil wars have been done by SOA trained leaders.
“People are looking for hope. Our presidents keep saying we have to go after terrorist training camps and shut their doors. We are here to say that a good place to start is right in our own backyard.” — Fr. Roy Bourgeois, School of the Americas Watch.
Guatemala Human Rights Commission
CICIG — Comisión Internacional contra la Impunidad en Guatemala
The International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, known by its Spanish acronym, CICIG, began its operations in January 2008 with the objective of assisting the Guatemalan State in investigating and dismantling violent criminal organizations believed to be responsible for widespread crime and the paralysis in the country’s justice system. CICIG’s mandate is unprecedented among UN or other international efforts to promote accountability and strengthen the rule of law.
Unión Nacional de Mujeres Guatemaltecas, UNAMG
Guatemala Women National Union, UNAMG, is an autonomous, feminist organization formed by women from all ethnic backgrounds, who are dedicated to social, political and cultural transformation in order to have a just, equal and democratic society.