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: email@example.com
On December 20, 2023, Alex Saab, who had been jailed by the United States since 2020, was finally released in a prisoner exchange with Venezuela; the Venezuelan diplomat is now returning home to his home, family and country in a joyful scene of reconciliation and celebration. The National Lawyers Guild and the International Committee have […]Continue reading
Urgent declaration on Perú: In Defense of Democracy, the Rule of Law, and the Right to a Dignified Life: End Impunity and the Criminalization of Social Protests and Mobilizations
URGENT DECLARATION In Defense of Democracy, the Rule of Law, and the Right to a Dignified Life: End Impunity and the Criminalization of Social Protests and Mobilizations December 7 2023 The International Mission for the Observation and Defense of Human Rights in Perú, which documented violations there from March 7 to 15, 2023, which included […]Continue reading
The NLG International Committee is a signatory of the following Joint Statement prepared by the International Fair Trial Day conference in Mexico: Joint Statement Legal professional organizations, bar associations, and civil society organisations from Mexico and across the world who gathered for the 2023 International Fair Trial Day conference held in Mexico City on 14 […]Continue reading
Sept. 29-30, NYC and Livestream: Closing of the International People’s Tribunal on U.S. Imperialism – Sanctions, Blockades, Coercive Economic Measures
RSVP Online: https://peoplesforum.org/tribunal After nine powerful months of international hearings on sanctions & economic coercive measures, we announce the closing event of the International People’s Tribunal on U.S. Imperialism: Sanctions, Blockades, and Economic Coercive Measures. Hosted over two days, September 29 and 30, at the People’s Forum in New York City, this concluding chapter will not only deliver our […]Continue reading
Join us for the U.S. Launch of “The Geopolitical Map of Economic Sanctions” Friday, September 22 7pm The People’s Forum, NYC RSVP & LiveStream bit.ly/MapSanctions This important tool was developed by the Anti-Blockade Observatory in Caracas and will be presented by special guests from Venezuela and local organizers – to be announced soon. The event will […]Continue reading
Join us on Friday, September 15 for our hearing covering the impact of U.S. sanctions and imperialism on the people of Puerto Rico at 10:30AM Eastern time [GMT -4]. Hear from a range of experts who will testify to the impact of sanctions and blockades as a mechanism of U.S. imperialism in the Puerto Rico in various […]Continue reading
Preliminary Statement and Findings of the Venezuela Fact-Finding Mission of the International People’s Tribunal on U.S. Imperialism
The following statement was issued by the Venezuela Fact-Finding Mission of the International People’s Tribunal on U.S. Imperialism, carried out between July 24-28 with the National Lawyers Guild and the International Association of Democratic Lawyers. As the Fact Finding Mission of the International People’s Tribunal, we unequivocally denounce the U.S. imperialist hybrid war on the […]Continue reading
The National Lawyers Guild is joining with the International People’s Tribunal on U.S. Imperialism: Sanctions, Blockades, Coercive Economic Measures, and the International Association of Democratic Lawyers to conduct a fact-finding mission in Venezuela on the impact of U.S. sanctions and coercive economic measures targeting the people and nation of Venezuela. The fact-finding mission is composed […]Continue reading
Join us on Friday, July 28 for a special two-part hearing — convened live in Caracas, Venezuela, and available over Zoom — covering the impact of U.S. sanctions and imperialism on the people of Venezuela at 10:00AM [GMT -4] with a second sesion at 2:00 PM. Hear from a range of experts who will testify to […]Continue reading
Thursday, July 20: A President Behind Bars: Racism, Classism, & the Violation of Human Rights in Peru
7 pm ET / 6 pm CT / 4 pm PT Peru has lived in uncertainty since the imprisonment of President Pedro Castillo since last December 7, 2022.Since his imprisonment, thousands of people have taken to the streets of Peru to demand the freedom of the president, and the restoration of democracy, and one constitutes, the repression has […]Continue reading