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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.
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.

Take Action
Immigration Reform Has Never Been More Urgent
As immigrant families in Alabama flee the state and Congress approves a new free trade agreement, the time to act is now.
Celebrate Victory: Pedro is Home
Please take a moment to welcome Pedro home and congratulate the Guzman family on their work to defend immigrant rights in the face of for-profit detention!
Victory for Martha!
Five years ago, members of the U.S.-backed Colombian army killed Jose Giraldo, an innocent farmer. His daughter Martha risked her life seeking justice. Her risk has finally paid off.
Secretary of State Clinton: Protect Human Rights and Halt Funding for Killers in Colombia
Witness for Peace calls on the State Department to suspend all military assistance to the Colombian armed forces.
Letter to the U.S. Ambassador to Colombia: Close the SOA
The Colombia-based Witness for Peace International Team delivered an open letter urging the U.S. Ambassador to Colombia to advocate for the closure of the School of the Americas.
Tell Congress to Stop Displacing Colombians
Nearly 5 million Colombians have been displaced. Yet, our government continues to send more in military aid than in humanitarian aid to Colombia, assisting the perpetrators more than the victims. Help us inundate Congress with calls and emails for policies that would alleviate, not exacerbate, Colombia's crisis.
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Open Letter: Restore Civil Liberties and Protect Human Rights in Honduras
Witness for Peace joins other faith-based and nongovernmental groups in calling for an end to the human rights crisis in Honduras.

In the Media
DULUTH NEWS-TRIBUNE: Time to Put People Ahead of Corporate Profits
September 17th, 2011
President Obama claims that free trade will create jobs, but Bill Hardesty, chair of the board of Witness for Peace - Upper Midwest, sets the record straight.
RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER: Obama was Right to Slow Immigrant Deportations
August 29th, 2011
Witness for Peace founder and Southeast Regional Organizer Gail Phares applauds Obama's decision to stop deportation proceedings against immigrants who pose no threat to national security or public safety....and pushes for the next step in comprehensive immigration reform.
USA TODAY: Inaugural Reinstated 'People-to-People' Cuba Tours Start Thursday
August 10th, 2011
Witness for Peace's Ken Crowley speaks to the expansion of Cuban cultural programs in areas such as sustainable agriculture and peace-building initiatives.
PEOPLES WORLD: Heading for Havana
August 3rd, 2011
These days, you need not brave the sharks that populate the Straits of Florida to visit Cuba, says Witness for Peace's Sharon Hostetler.
MIAMI HERALD: The Door Opens for More Cuba Travel
July 28th, 2011
Witness for Peace is one of a handful of organizations to be granted a license to expand delegation programs in Cuba.
July 7th, 2011
Law student Isabel Saavedra reflects on her delegation to the U.S./Mexico border.
THE HILL: Colombia trade deal doesn't pass the smell test
June 21st, 2011
Witness for Peace is featured "where lawmakers come to blog," the Hill's prominent, inside-the-Beltway Congress Blog.
PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: 'Steamlined' in Arizona
June 12th, 2011
WFP member Martin Lepkowski on immigration and trade policy reform: U.S. taxpayers can spend billions of dollars to build walls and prisons but this issue will not go away. What is needed is a just immigration-reform policy. We need a fair-trade agreement, not a free-trade agreement that continues to impoverish the poor in Mexico, forcing them to migrate.
DESERET NEWS: Trade deal harmful
May 31st, 2011
The agreement will also prove disastrous for Colombia's small farmers. If passed, subsidized U.S. grain will flood the Colombian market and leave at least 400,000 farmers without their previous source of income, writes WFP intern Kelly Miller.
GRIST: The anti-coal movement goes global
May 27th, 2011
One of the oldest examples of citizens working across national boundaries on coal issues is organizations like Witness for Peace, which has brought attention to mines in Colombia and the U.S.
SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS: No deal on trade deal
May 21st, 2011
The nefarious Colombia trade agreement would give corporate profits a small boost, but would have disastrous impacts on the working class and the environment both at home and abroad, says WFP intern Kelly Miller.
DAVIS ENTERPRISE: Nix a trade deal with Colombia
May 13th, 2011
Any trade deal that turns a blind eye toward the mass murder of workers and spurs cocaine production should be a non-starter in Washington, says WFP's Moravia de la O.
PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: Colombia free-trade deal may mean more cocaine in U.S.
May 9th, 2011
There's only one Colombian industry that can potentially employ workers who would lose their job in the wake of a free trade deal.
BALTIMORE SUN: The case against the Colombian free trade pact
May 2nd, 2011
Professor Kim Jensen compares lessons from two simultaneous delegations to Colombia: one human rights-focused and the other focused those who stand to benefit from free trade.
VENTURA COUNTY STAR: Marchers advocate for workers' rights
May 1st, 2011
Witness for Peace Southwest marks May 1st with media waves.
THE HERALD-SUN: The quest for justice and peace
The focus of the Witness for Peace demonstration was the criminalization and deportation of immigrants.
WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Demonstrators call for immigration reform
April 25th, 2011
The protest was part of the 25th annual Pilgrimage for Justice and Peace, a statewide effort to support human rights for farm workers and undocumented immigrants.
DAILY TAR HEEL: March raises awareness for injustices faced by immigrants
April 24th, 2011
The Pilgrimage for Justice and Peace passes through Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
NEWS 14 CAROLINA: Group makes pilgrimage for immigrant rights
April 22nd, 2011
Demonstrations for immigrant rights and worker equality make the North Carolina evening news.
PROGRESSIVE PULSE: Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace in North Carolina
April 21st, 2011
Witness for Peace marks 25 years of demonstrations for peace and justice.