The Alice Zachmann Human Rights Defender’s Award recognizes an individual, organization or community who has demonstrated a commitment to the defense of human rights through non-violent methods, and for which he/she has been exposed to threats, violence and/or other attacks. The award serves as a means to highlight the struggle of the recipient on an international level and represents a commitment by GHRC to provide ongoing support.

The recipient will be invited to a public recognition event where he/she will have the opportunity to give a speech regarding his/her work. Additionally, GHRC will accompany the recipient to advocacy meetings with governmental officials and/or other international solidarity organizations.

2016 Human Rights Defenders Award: ECAP


GHRC is proud to announce that this year’s Alice Zachmann Human Rights Award will be presented to the Community Studies and Psychosocial Action Team. This year’s ceremony will take place on November 1 at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington D.C., located at 945 G St. NW, 20001, with doors opening at 6.30.

Drinks and refreshments will be provided. Please support ECAP’s important work by purchasing tickets to the event, and share widely with your friends and networks!

GHRC has selected ECAP for its commitment to providing healing services to survivors of human rights violations and sociopolitical violence, and its contributions to building a more just society. They work to provide treatment to those that have suffered human rights violations with a special focus on women and Indigenous people. Since 1998, ECAP has carried out psychosocial support for many victims and their family members.

Based on this experience, ECAP believes that survivors and their families must be supported during both the investigative period and throughout the documentation phase of violent actions. In addition, victims should be provided with the resources necessary to help them interpret the consequences and impact of violence and all its manifestations. ECAP’s work strives to reduce the impact of past, present, and future violence by advocating for justice, historic memory, and dignity.

Amongst it’s many accomplishments, ECAP is also a key member of the Alliance to Break the Silence and End Impunity – a multidisciplinary group of three Guatemalan organizations that have come together to support the women survivors of Sepur Zarco in their landmark case against former military personnel for sexual violence and slavery committed during Guatemala’s internal armed conflict. In February of 2016, this case made history by successfully trying sexual slavery as a crime against humanity —a first in the Americas for a case carried out in a national court.. Read more about the Sepur Zarco trial here.


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2015 Human Rights Defenders Award: Prensa Comunitaria

The 2015 Award was presented to Community Press (Prensa Comunitaria), and was accepted on behalf of Prensa member and community leader Lorenzo Mateo Francisco. The awards were presented by GHRC/USA on the 1st of November, 2015.

Read more about the 2015 Award recipients and event >

2014 Human Rights Defenders Award: The Guatemalan Human Rights Law Firm

The 2014 Award was presented to the Guatemalan Human Rights Law Firm (The Bufete de Derechos Humanos); a special posthumous award was also presented to Dr. César Barrientos. Both awards were formally presented by GHRC on October 28, 2014.

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2013 Human Rights Defenders Award: UDEFEGUA

The 2013 Award was given to the Guatemalan Human Rights Defenders Unit (UDEFEGUA). The award was formally presented by GHRC on November 14, 2013 to Claudia Samayoa, coordinator for UDEFEGUA, who accepted the award on behalf of her organization.

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2012 Human Rights Defenders Award: ‘La Puya’

The 2012 Award was presented to two communities in Guatemala, San José del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc (commonly referred to as ‘La Puya’), for their efforts to protect the environment against international mining interests.

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