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

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! ...

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

After long hard-worked months of searching for a new Coordinator to replace Val Liveoak, the PLA committee has happily hired Mónica Maher! Originally from the United States, Mónica is a bilingual AVP facilitator who lives and works in Quito, Ecuador. With over five years of AVP experience, she has co-facilitated workshops in […]

PLA Welcomes New Coordinator

The Mayor of Bolivar’s office approved a program to allow Bogota-based facilitators to give Basic, Advanced and Facilitator Training workshops to afro-descendant communities, victims of violence, indigenous communities, LGBT communities, and disabled staff in Bolivar, a neighborhood in Bogota known for high violence rates, from January to March 2016. This […]

AVP Colombia receives funding for new project in Ciudad Bolivar, ...