Task Force on the Americas
The Task Force on the Americas developed out of a February 2006 delegation to Venezuela, an effort sponsored by the NLG and National Latino/a Law Students Association. The delegation of 16 lawyers, 6 law students, and a filmmaker spent a week in Caracas and was inspired by the Bolivarian Revolution and its effort to further regional integration and an alternative to neoliberal trade policies in the Americas. The Task Force then sponsored a U.S. tour of Justice Fernando Vegas of the Venezuela Supreme Court.
We then sent a delegation to Bolivia in 2007 and have sent several groups to observe elections in Venezuela, El Salvador, Honduras, and Bolivia. We have also sent delegations to Guatemala, Honduras, and Colombia to investigate and report on human rights issues. The Task Force has sponsored numerous workshops at NLG conventions and works in conjunction with other progressive organizations on human rights campaigns. We have a listserv and hold annual meetings at the NLG convention.
Because Venezuela's revolution is based on that country's 1999 constitution and laws pursuant to it, and because constitutional change has been a key demand of progressive forces in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Honduras, lawyers and judges from the US can play an important role in explaining developments in left-leaning states, resisting US intervention, and countering US media disinformation.
Contact the Task Force
Chair Judy Somberg: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Lawyers Guild Election Monitors in Venezuela Observe a Transparent Voting System that Voters, including Opposition Voters, Express Confidence In
November 22, 2021 –A delegation of National Lawyers Guild members traveled to Venezuela to monitor regional elections which occurred November 21,2021. We observed a balanced and transparent voting process which voters expressed confidence in. Our delegation was made up of eight observers and we visited a total of 12 sites in Caracas and surrounding states. […]Continue reading
The National Lawyers Guild International Committee is a signatory of the following statement: Español aquí The Expert Observation Mission in the Berta Cáceres Case calls on the Sentencing Court to issue the sentence in accordance with the conviction handed down 3 months ago today against Roberto David Castillo Mejía for the murder of Berta Isabel […]Continue reading
The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) strongly denounces the Biden Administration’s racist brutality against Haitians at the U.S.-Mexico border and their mass expulsion and deportation, in violation of US law and of their internationally recognized rights to seek asylum. The NLG reiterates and supports the comprehensive statement from the Haiti Action Committee, and offers the following additional […]Continue reading
Open Letter in Support of Justice and Accountability for the November 2019 Coup d’etat in Bolivia and Crimes Committed by the De Facto Government of Jeanine Áñez
The National Lawyers Guild International Committee and Project Blueprint launched this open letter in support of justice and accountability for the November 2019 coup d’etat in Bolivia. It has been endorsed by dozens of legal organizations, lawyers and human rights activists in the U.S. and internationally. We urge you to share this open letter with […]Continue reading
The International Committee of the National Lawyers Guild, the oldest and largest human rights bar association of the United States, makes the following statement condemning US continuing interference in Nicaragua and its democratic process. The Guild notes that this conduct by the United States is in clear and direct violation of international law, including but not limited to the jus cogens rights of […]Continue reading
NLG and TONATIERRA issue Early Warning of Crimes Against Humanity against Indigenous Peoples in Colombia
The National Lawyers Guild Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Committee, the National Lawyers Guild International Committee, International Tribunal of Conscience of Peoples in Movement, Semilla Warunkwa – International Office, New York, ProtectTheSacredNYC, and TONATIERRA issued an urgent Early Warning on May 31, 2021, addressed to U.S. officials, members of Congress, and UN officials and Special Rapporteurs. The […]Continue reading
Statement in Solidarity with the People of Colombia in their Historic Uprising for Peace, the Right to a Dignified Life and Against Militarism and Repression
Read this statement below in: Spanish | Portuguese FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 17, 2021 Contact: email@example.com The National Lawyers Guild stands in solidarity with the people of Colombia in their national uprising for peace, in defense of the right to a dignified life, and against militarism and repression by the U.S-backed government headed by President […]Continue reading
Sign on: Protest the attacks on Dayvid Bacelar, coordinator of the United Federation of Oil Workers in Sao Francisco do Conde, Bahia, Brazil
This open letter and sign-on statement is initiated by the National Lawyers Guild International Committee, the National Lawyers Guild Labor and Employment Committee and the International Association of Democratic Lawyers. Sign on: http://bit.ly/brazilletter We welcome all signatures from legal and human rights organizations, lawyers, legal workers, law students and labor rights advocates. PLEASE SIGN BEFORE […]Continue reading
Please join us today, Friday, Feb. 5, for this important event! The Philippines-Cuba Friendship Association/AMISTAD cordially invites you to a WEBINAR on CUBA’S COVID-19 RESPONSE AMIDST US BLOCKADE on February 6, 2021 at 5 pm – 8:30 pm Pacific time, 8 pm – 10:30 pm Eastern time! This is in cooperation with the International League of […]Continue reading
Resolution: IADL Urges President Biden to Remove Cuba from Terrorism List and Suspend Titles III and IV of Helms Burton
The following resolution was adopted by the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) Council, meeting in virtual session, on Sunday, 24 January 2021. This resolution builds on IADL’s and its member associations’ long years of advocacy to bring an end to the U.S. blockade on Cuba and all unilateral coercive measures targeting Cuba and other nations. The […]Continue reading