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Every dollar you give through December 31, 2015 will be matched,
dollar for dollar, up to $10,000! Please consider supporting GHRC during the holiday season.

You probably saw the incredible news of sustained, peaceful protests over the summer that culminated in the arrest of former President Molina, Vice President Baldetti, and other officials in his administration. Not long ago, these individuals seemed untouchable; now they sit behind bars awaiting trial on charges of fraud and other serious crimes. These investigations and arrests would not have been possible without the work of the UN-backed CICIG, an institution whose mandate was extended with the help of GHRC’s extensive work with the U.S. Congress.

These events, as well as the increased flow of child migration from Central America, have put Guatemala on the radar in the U.S. unlike any time since the internal armed conflict. For those of us in solidarity with Guatemalan human rights defenders and communities at risk, this presents both an opportunity and a threat, and will require increased monitoring of U.S. policies in the region.

As a GHRC supporter, your donation has a direct impact on the organization’s ability to address human rights abuses in communities across Guatemala at this important juncture. Thank you for your support!