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“In Honduras, a woman dies every 13 hours with impunity,” said Aida Gonzalez, Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) Facilitator with Mercy Dream Weavers. “The Honduran woman is an oppressed woman…She has to ask permission from her husband even to open the door of her home. Honduran women have a very […]

Women Human Rights Defenders in San Pedro Sula, Honduras





During El Salvador’s twelve year “Dirty War,” approximately 75,000 people were murdered, an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 disappeared and thousands were separated from their families. When the disappearances began, many women came together to demand the truth behind missing relatives, forming the organization CoMadres (Committee of Mothers and Relatives of […]

Healing Salvadoran War Survivors


Meet the courageous Tolupan women who talk about how the Alternatives to Violence Project  helped them stand up for their rights! VIDEO SUMMARY:  Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops continue in Locomapa, Honduras with women of the Tolupan indigenous tribe whose ancestral territories have been invaded by transnational mining companies […]

Power of Indigenous Women: Defending Ancestral Lands




Para leer el articulo en español, por favor ve abajo. Since PLA’s founding in 2002, volunteers have been the lifeblood of our programs in Central America and Colombia. Volunteers have included bilingual facilitators, psychologists, translators, and dedicated Friends providing administrative support and funding. Although rehabilitation in prisons is required by […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Coni Lustenberger




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Orfany Veliz (18 years old) is one of three young female Alternative to Violence Project (AVP) Facilitators based in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. She is an alumna of the Esperanza (HOPE) Educational Project, an organization dedicated to working with youth of scarce economic resources, where she was trained as a facilitator when […]

I am young, I am a woman and I can! ...


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Listen to the song made by two inmate Alternative to Violence Program (AVP) Facilitators from the El Porvenir Prison in Atlantida, Honduras! (Scroll down to see Lyrics in English)  What are the conditions that these AVP Facilitators live in? Facilitator Ondina Murillo, who helped begin the program in the Prison, […]

AVP Song made by two Inmate Facilitators, Honduras