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FACT SHEET: the Winners and Losers of Free Trade Zones
A report on the consequences of DR-CAFTA on Nicaraguan workers.
VIDEOS: Nicaraguan Women's Stories of Migration
October 21st, 2011
Two Witness for Peace documentaries with original footage from the Nicaragua-based International Team.
DOCUMENTARY SERIES: Faces of Migration
Witness for Peace's Mexico-based International Team partnered with documentarian Kate Fenner to bring you the following three documentary shorts.
FACT SHEET: The U.S. and the Coup in Honduras
Searching for more understanding about the role of the United States in Honduras' coup? This timeline has what you're looking for.
VIDEO: U.S. Support for State Repression in Honduras
May 31st, 2011
The Witness for Peace International Team documents continued U.S. support for the post-coup government in Honduras - and its human costs.
FACT SHEET: U.S. Military Aid and the Drug War in Honduras
May 20th, 2011
In Honduras, U.S. counter-narcotic funding is linked to widespread human rights abuse more than to stopping crime.
POLICY ANALYSIS: Mexican Family Tragedy at the Epicenter of U.S. Aid and Military Abuse
May 5th, 2011
Josefina Reyes was assassinated with a gunshot to the head outside her barbeque stand last January. Her crime? Protesting the U.S.-backed war on drugs that has killed almost 35,000 Mexicans since 2006.
FACT SHEET: the Merida Initiative
March 31st, 2011
What's NOT working in the U.S. War on Drugs?
THE HUMAN FACE: the Con to Criminalize Immigrants
February 2nd, 2011
In addition to lobbying for enforcement-only policies that get more undocumented residents locked up, the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) refers to detained immigrants as "product" and has helped draft legislation that increases its bottom line. The trend has been disastrous for the Guzman family.
FACT SHEET: Free Trade and Forced Migration
December 20th, 2010
An overview of how free trade agreements like NAFTA and CAFTA drive immigration to the United States.
FACT SHEET: U.S. Immigration Policy
December 20th, 2010
An overview of the militarized immigration policies that are a growing trend.
VIDEO: Food Insecurity and U.S. Foreign Policy
November 3rd, 2010
A short two-part documentary on food insecurity created by Mike Nuess, a Witness for Peace delegate to Nicaragua.
POLICY ANALYSIS: U.S. Complacence in Honduran Human Rights Abuses
October 26th, 2010
Between August and September 2010, Witness for Peace sent two delegations to Honduras in response to reports of continued politically motivated human rights violations. The following report details the delegations’ findings and includes policy recommendations for the United States government and U.S. citizens.
VIDEO: Communities in Resistance
October 18th, 2010
Witness for Peace's Colombia-based International Team reports from the Humanitarian Zones of Uraba.
POLICY ANALYSIS: U.S. Reduction in Military Funding to Mexico Doesn’t Go Far Enough
October 4th, 2010
On the heels of the World Day for Migrants and Refugees and the massacre of 71 migrants in Tamaulipas, Witness for Peace’s Mexico-based International Team reports on the economic and military policies influencing immigrants.
POLICY ANALYSIS: Violence and Impunity Force Migration from Honduras
October 1st, 2010
The Organization of American States’ vote on whether or not Honduras should be reinstated in the OAS is imminent. Despite Hilary Clinton’s claims that Honduras has taken the needed steps to address human rights violations since the coup, serious human rights abuses and impunity remain widespread.
October 2010 Newsletter: Pacific Northwest Update
WFPNW is excited to announce its fall speakers tour, Migrating Towards Justice: Stories to Transform People and Policy, from October 20th-November 5th.
VIDEO: Witnessing the Effects of U.S. Policy
Witness for Peace production presents "Transforming People, Transforming Policy," a demonstration of the power and potential of joining a WFP delegation.
VIDEO: Migrating Towards Understanding
June 30th, 2010
See what a New York police officer learns about the roots of migration when he travels to Mexico in this WFP documentary.
POLICY ANALYSIS: a Year After the Coup
June 25th, 2010
The U.S. continues to turn a blind eye to human rights violations in Honduras.
VIDEO: Witness the Roots of Migration
June 10th, 2010
A documentary following a group from North Carolina as they come face to face with the roots of migration in Mexico.
POLICY ANALYSIS: New Phase of the Mérida Initiative Brings the Same Violence
May 25th, 2010
The United States has failed to change course in the war on drugs, despite indicators that the Mérida Initiative is doing more harm than good.
POLICY ANALYSIS: How CAFTA and Immigration Policy Separate Families
May 21st, 2010
A combination of economic policies promoted by the United States and stringent requirements mean that many families are separated indefinitely.
WEBINAR: Increased U.S. Military Presence in Colombia
May 17th, 2010
Diego Benitez of Witness for Peace's Colombia-based International Team, walks us through the realities of the new U.S. military bases in Colombia.
VIDEO: Crisis in Honduras
May 3rd, 2010
Hear from Honduran human rights leaders about the ongoing violence during the recent U.S.-supported elections.
VIDEO: Martha Giraldo Speaks at the 2009 Vigil to Close the School of the Americas
January 27th, 2010
Martha's father was killed by the Colombian army in 2006. Ever since, she's struggled against impunity and for justice.
DELEGATE TESTIMONY: Paola Gutierrez Galindo Discusses NAFTA's Influence on Immigration
November 16th, 2009
Hailing from Oaxaca, Mexico, Galindo holds a degree in Indigenous Law and focuses on the impact of migration on identity and family in Oaxacan indigenous communities. In this article she explains how immigration affects her home community.
VIDEO: What About Fair Trade Coffee?
October 23rd, 2009
Watch Nicaraguan coffee farmer Eddy Gutierrez Zavala share his experiences on a Witness for Peace speaker's tour.
PODCAST: Colombian Indigenous Activist on Plan Colombia
October 22nd, 2009
Rafael Coicue from the Association of Indigenous Councils speaks about Plan Colombia and the Colombia Free Trade Agreement during a Witness for Peace speaker tour.
October 21st, 2009
An estimated 4.13 million people have left Mexico since the decimation of over ten million farming jobs due to NAFTA and related economic reforms. This is one man's story.
POLICY ANALYSIS: the Honduras Coup Exposed
October 20th, 2009
The Honduran military and police continue to play a key role in propping up the coup regime that overthrew the democratically elected president of Honduras in June. A broad coalition of human rights leaders, activists, union members, farmers, students, and community members have poured into the streets of Honduras to struggle for their democracy though they face constant intimidation, illegal detention, assault, and even assassination. Learn about the roots of this crisis and the US response to the coup.
October 7th, 2009
How was NAFTA has failed to live up to its promises of bringing growth and prosperity to Mexico?
DELEGATE TESTIMONY: Rapid-Response Delegation Findings
October 1st, 2009
From September 5-12, 2009, a ten-member Witness for Peace delegation traveled to post-coup Honduras in response to accusations of wide-spread human rights abuses. Read their report here.
DELEGATE ANALYSIS: the Human Faces of Poverty in Nicaragua
September 22nd, 2009
In Nicaragua, delegate Val Fillenwarth met people whose daily lives are affected by U.S. economic policy.
SLIDESHOW: Repression and Resistance
July 17th, 2009
Two weeks after the illegal military coup in Honduras, Witness for Peace delegates participated in a rapid-response delegation to expose an alarming wave of human rights violations and show solidarity with Hondurans' struggle for democracy. This demonstration documents their work.
POLICY ANALYSIS: CAFTA Weakens Nicaragua’s Immune System
May 12th, 2009
CAFTA has increased Nicaragua's dependence on the United States. As dozens of textile factories move operations to Asia, tens of thousands of young Nicaraguan mothers find themselves suddenly unemployed and defenseless in the face of a global economic crisis.
POLICY ANALYSIS: Aerial Fumigation
May 12th, 2009
After a decade of aerial fumigations, coca production has risen. Innocent Colombian victims have borne the brunt of this inhumane and ineffective policy.
POLICY ANALYSIS: U.S. Military Aid to Mexico
May 12th, 2009
Military aid to Mexico is exacerbating violence but doing little to curb drug trafficking.
STATEMENT: Witness for Peace Condemns Coup in Honduras; Expresses Concern for Human Rights
March 30th, 2009
Witness for Peace joins other faith-based and nongovernmental groups in condemning the coup in Honduras and expressing concern for human rights.
March 25th, 2009
A report from the Nicaragua-based International Team.
VIDEO: Merida Initiative 101
March 23rd, 2009
Watch WFP organizer Ben Beachy break down the Merida Initiative in the context of Mexico's escalating violence.
POLICY ANALYSIS: How Foreign Aid is Used as a Political Tool in Nicaragua
March 17th, 2009
Witness for Peace's Nicaragua-based International Team investigates the Millennium Challenge Corporation.
POLICY ANALYSIS: How the Merida Initiative Jeopardizes Human Rights
March 17th, 2009
The Merida Initiative is supposed to combat organized crime and drug trafficking in Mexico and Central America. But the Initiative's focus on a military aid has human rights advocates worried.
VIDEO: Colombia's Internal Displacement Crisis
February 20th, 2009
A short video explaining how four million people have been driven out of their homes by war - and how the United States is involved.
POLICY ANALYSIS: How CAFTA Creates Impoverished Wage Workers
January 10th, 2009
An account of how U.S. economic policies have failed impoverished Nicaraguans.
POLICY ANALYSIS: How U.S. Policy Drives Immigration from Mexico
August 25th, 2008
Why are people like Fidel Santiago Martinez risking their lives to immigrate to the U.S.?
WFP partner Daisy Rojas shares her vision for a better U.S. policy toward her island nation.
POLICY ANALYSIS: Hemisphere for Sale - An Epidemic of Unfair Trade in the Americas
June 15th, 2008
An overview of the impacts of NAFTA in Mexico and the threat of the expanding free trade model in the hemisphere.
POLICY ANALYSIS: A Bankrupt Future - the Human Cost of Nicaragua's Debt
June 8th, 2008
The International Team puts a human face on the complex economic realities of external debt and structural adjustment programs in Nicaragua.
STATEMENT: U.S. Immigration Policy
June 7th, 2008
Witness for Peace's official statement on domestic immigration policy.
FACT SHEET: How the Travel Ban Threatens Freedom and Family
One page download that details how the ban on travel to Cuba threatens American freedom and harms American families.
POLICY ANALYSIS: What CAFTA and Free Trade Agreements Really Mean in Nicaragua
April 11th, 2008
From food insecurity to labor exploitation to increased migration, a report on the impacts of CAFTA in Nicaragua.
POLICY ANALYSIS: External Debt in Nicaragua
April 2nd, 2008
A report on Nicaragua's staggering debts - and how the country found itself in this debt crisis.
POLICY ANALYSIS: Bush Promotes Free Trade in Mexico Meetings
April 2nd, 2008
An report by Robert Saper, a Witness for Peace International Team member based in Mexico.
POLICY ANALYSIS: Desarraigo Obligado
October 3rd, 2007
A Spanish-language guide to the connections between U.S. economic policy and immigration from Mexico to the United States.
POLICY ANALYSIS: Swindling the Sick - the IMF Debt Relief Sham
March 26th, 2006
A gift of aid from the IMF translates into a health care crisis in Nicaragua.