Investigative news:



Plaza Publica:


When the Mountains Tremble:

Granito: How to Nail a Dictator:


Ixcanul is Guatemala’s Oscar entry for best foreign film and is about an adolescent girl’s coming-of-age in a Kaqchikel community in the Western Highlands. Here is the trailer:

El Norte is a 1983 film about two indigenous youth forced to flee to the US after their Mayan community is attacked during the civil war. Here is the trailer:

Good blogs:

Guatemalan Human Rights Commission (GHRC):

I am impressed with the individuals and work at the following organizations:

Asociacion Pop No’j:

Colectivo Vida Digna:

Guatemalan Human Rights Commission:, who lists their partners here:

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Guatemalan Child Return and Reintegration Project (GCRRP):

Inter-American Foundation:


Pastoral de la Movilidad Humana:

Puente Norte

Human Rights Reports

Amnesty International (AI):

Asociacion Proyecto Conrado de la Cruz:ón-Proyecto-Conrado-de-la-Cruz/593180317467047

Centro Internacional para Investigaciones en Derechos Humanos (CIIDH):

Comision Presidencial de Derechos Humanos (COPREDEH):

Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo (GAM):

Guatemala Human Rights Commission (GHRC):

Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG):

Human Rights Watch (HRW):

Latin America Working Group:


Peace Brigades International:

Procurador de Derechos Humanos (PDH):

Unidad de Proteccion a Defensoras y Defensores de Derechos Humanos Guatemala (UDEFEGUA): or

United States Department of State:

Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA):

Contextualizing the Present: Recent History:

To read about the Truth Commission’s findings, following Guatemala’s decades-long civil war, you may go to this website and access a short history, the peace accord, and the Commission’s report in English and Spanish: .

Frommer’s recommends the following Volunteer and Working Trips:

If you want to lend a hand while in Guatemala, you have several options. Habitat for Humanity International (tel. 502/7763-5308 in Guatemala; has several chapters in Guatemala and sometimes runs organized Global Village programs here. Their Global Village trips are large, group-escorted trips that include work on a Habitat for Humanity building project, as well as other cultural and educational experiences. The costs range from Q9,000 to Q13,500 ($1,200-$1,800/£600-£900), not including airfare, for a 9- to 14-day program.

Alternatively, up in the Western Highlands around Quetzaltenango, you can check in with Entre Mundos (tel. 502/7761-2179;, which functions as bridge between a host of non-governmental organizations and community projects. They specifically work to connect foreign volunteers with appropriate community, social, health, and educational projects.


Here is an English-language tourism site: .

Here is the government’s Spanish-language Ministry of Tourism (INGUAT) site:


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