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
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
The NLG International Committee (NLG IC), International Association of Democratic Jurists (IADL), and Asociación Americana de Juristas (AAJ) are sponsoring a joint delegation to Bolivia to investigate the conditions leading up to the May 3 presidential and legislative elections and to assist in the evaluation of whether the elections are transparent and fair. Members of the delegation will serve […]Continue reading
270 Deaths Foretold: Report highlights corporate responsibility for Brumadinho dam collapse in Brazil
“The Collapse was predictable. It was not an act of God or Nature. That this was predictable heightens our pain. The event is not in the past, it is in the present, [while it also] lives in people’s memories and in their pain. We live with that collapsed dam in people’s hearts.” – Auxiliary Bishop […]Continue reading
The National Lawyers Guild and its Cuba Subcommittee are endorsers and co-sponsors of the following conference, to take place at Fordham Law School in New York City on March 21-22, 2020: Fordham School of Law 150 W 62nd St New York City Registration and full details here: http://www.us-cubanormalization.org/viva-cuba/ In 2019 the Trump White House and […]Continue reading
NLG IC statement regarding the human rights situation at the Universidad del Atlantico in Barranquilla, Colombia
The following statement and letter were sent to the Rector of the Universidad del Atlantico in Barranquilla, Colombia, Jorge Luis Restrepo Pimienta, and the Governor of the region, Elsa Noguera, by the Colombia Subcommittee of the National Lawyers Guild International Committee. The statement provides detailed support for the demands of student protesters at the University […]Continue reading
The National Lawyers Guild signed on to the following letter of international legal organizations and bodies promoting human rights in the Americas regarding the criminal case currently pending in Colombia against former Colombian President and current Senator, Álvaro Uribe Velez, and Representative Álvaro Hernán Prada. Both are accused of fraud and bribery related to witness […]Continue reading
Prominent lawyers and legal organizations call for protective measures and safe passage for Bolivian citizen Juan Ramon Quintana
Spanish The National Lawyers Guild (NLG), The International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) and the American Association of Jurists (AAJ) strongly condemn the politically motivated persecution by the de facto regime in Bolivia against members of former president Evo Morales’s government, in particular, former Minister of the Presidency and Ambassador Juan Ramón Quintana, and the […]Continue reading
English | Spanish The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) strongly condemns the military coup that took place in Bolivia on November 10, followed by the self-declared presidency of extreme right-wing Bolivian senator Jeanine Áñez, in violation of the Constitution of Bolivia. There is strong evidence that U.S. elected officials and agencies worked to foment this coup […]Continue reading