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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 Victims


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




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 Honduran law, prisons lack opportunities for positive activities. “Each person […]

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




Peace Accords: Understanding what is going on… On August 24, 2016, the Colombian government and FARC leaders fine-tuned the political conditions for guerilla disarmament and reintegration into society, rural development, victims reparations, and truth and reconciliation. The Colombian people will vote to ratify these stipulations on October 2, 2016. While […]

Colombian Peace Accords: Need for Healing