Latin America

Local peace network handbook

Reflection and action guide for reducing local violence

This handbook is a tool to help community leaders implement urban peace-building programs.

The lessons here are particularly relevant to contested spaces in multi-cultural contexts, where people are suffering oppression from different forces, such as criminal groups, political tensions, economic exclusion, discrimination, etc. Most of these urban zones are also inhabited by people living under poverty and extreme poverty, like most marginal urban neighborhoods in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Certificate program: Human rights, local violence, and citizen security public policies in Central America

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), together with the Fundación Henry Dunant, is now accepting registrations for a certificate program that will be held May 25-Nov. 29, 2013, with distance-learning components and a face-to-face session in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

The program’s objective is to bring a new human rights paradigm to policies addressing local violence in Central America.

Urban Peace and Citizen Security in Latin America

AFSC staff and partners participated in the United Nations 5th World Forum in conjuction with the Urban Social Forum held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from March 22-26, 2010.

The primary aim of this Dialogue and Exchange project was to provide participants with opportunities for direct contact and networking with practitioners and researchers on urban peace and/or citizen security from other continents like Africa, Asia, Europe and USA.


Community Social Advocacy

Community Social Advocacy

Community Social Advocates rally against negative immigration reform.

June 2006, Community Social Advocates rally against negative immigration reform.

The Community Social Advocacy Program specifically targets Haitian and Latino communities but provides services to all who participate. The Program aims to broaden the base of immigrants' knowledge about their rights, collaborate with community leaders and organizations to promote the immigrant community's needs and rights, provide a public voice with regard to immigration reform, as well as provide necessary legal information and services.

The Community Social Advocates provide a variety of presentations and training for the community on topics including:

Regional Program Coordination in Brazil

Early November 2008, the Brazilian Federal Ministry of Justice authorized  AFSC to start operations in Brazil. The opening of an AFSC Latin America Regional Office in the city of Fortaleza, State of Ceara makes part of the decentralization of the AFSC International Programs in the different continents (Africa, Asia, Middle East, Latin America).The decentralization of programs and management will allow for better coordination and stewardship with local entities.

Who we are

AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more

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AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.

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