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
Alliance on Cuba Engagement and Respect (ACERE) Statement on Trump Administration’s Adding Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terror
The NLG is a leading member of ACERE: We are outraged to see that the Trump Administration has once again added Cuba to the list of State Sponsors of Terror. This is a politicized move that has one goal: to place obstacles in the path of diplomatic engagement and normalization that the incoming administration has […]Continue reading
NLG Statement of Solidarity on 4th Anniversary of Colombian Peace Accords | Declaración de Solidaridad del Gremio Nacional de Abogados (NLG) de EEUU en el 4to aniversario de los Acuerdos de Paz de Colombia
November 24, 2020 NLG Statement of Solidarity on 4th Anniversary of Colombian Peace Accords Ver esta declaración en español The International Committee of the National Lawyers Guild express our solidarity with the Colombian people on this day that commemorates the fourth anniversary of the signing of the Peace Accords in Colombia on November 24, 2016 […]Continue reading
November 18, Online Event: Venezuelans Want to Vote! Defending Venezuelan Elections Against U.S. Intervention
The National Lawyers Guild International Committee has joined many other organizations to endorse the event below: Venezuelans Want to Vote! Defending Venezuelan Elections Against U.S. Intervention A discussion with Venezuelan peace organizations on the upcoming legislative elections in Venezuela and how peace forces around the world can help protect the people’s right to vote in […]Continue reading
NEW YORK, May 18 – Over 75 organizations, including international legal organizations and major human rights networks, signed on to an open letter released today in support of environmental lawyer Steven Donziger, who has faced nearly unprecedented sanctions from a U.S. federal judge for his pursuit of Chevron for a judgment against the oil giant […]Continue reading
IC supports Statement of Condemnation of the Decision of USA Against Venezuela by the World Peace Council
As the International Committee of the National Lawyers Guild, an 83-year old human rights legal organization in the United States, we endorse the below statement by the World Peace Council. The statement correctly criticizes United States policy toward Venezuela including its economic blockade, political subversion, and declaration that Venezuela’s leaders are drug traffickers. We believe […]Continue reading
Dozens of legal organizations around the world issued a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee urging an end to U.S. intervention in Latin America, particularly in response to the escalation of U.S. military activity in Colombia and threats against Venezuela. The letter, initiated by the […]Continue reading
April 3, 2020 – Over 200 lawyers and legal organizations called on the United States to drop its sanctions against Venezuela and Iran as the countries race to fight COVID-19 in an open letter released Friday. The global pandemic has drawn attention to the devastating effects of U.S. sanctions on these countries, as well as […]Continue reading
The following letter is initiated by the National Lawyers Guild, Lawyers Rights Watch Canada, American Association of Jurists and the International Association of Democratic Lawyers. We welcome all signatures from lawyers, legal workers, law students and legal organizations. PLEASE SIGN BEFORE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1 AT 2 PM Pacific/5 PM Eastern FOR PUBLICATION/DISTRIBUTION. We will welcome […]Continue reading
The National Lawyers Guild International Committee fully supports the petition below, initiated by Dean Hubbard and the NLG’s Labor and Employment Committee. Please sign on at the link: https://www.change.org/p/steven-hahn-fda-expedite-review-and-approval-of-lifesaving-cuban-antiviral-for-covid-19 March 29, 2020 Via email to Stephen.Hahn@fda.hhs.gov Steven Hahn, M.D. United States Commissioner of Food and Drugs Food and Drug Administration 10903 New Hampshire Avenue Silver […]Continue reading
The National Lawyers Guild International Committee condemns the U.S. government’s illegal use of unilateral coercive measures (UCMs) to force regime change by undermining the economies of countries whose governments it opposes. The recent financial and secondary sanctions imposed by the Trump administration against Venezuela, Cuba, and Iran are openly intended to destroy their economies and […]Continue reading