Advocacy for Guatemala

What’s Happening?

Guatemalans have fled their country in large numbers since the 1980s to escape violence, impunity, corruption, poverty, lack of security and services, droughts, and hurricanes. Many are unaccompanied children. And although the United States has looked to Guatemala as a partner on protection for asylum seekers in the region, the U.S. government has not done enough to provide protection for displaced Guatemalans.

What Must Be Done?

Refugees International is advocating for increased protections for displaced Guatemalans, including an expanded Central American Minors program and new family unification pathways to the United States as well as increased support for those displaced by the impacts of climate change.

Report

Mixed Blessing: Guatemalan Experiences under the New Central American Minors Program

Report

Two Years after Eta and Iota: Displaced and Forgotten in Guatemala

Report

Networks of Care for Displaced LGBTQ+ People: How the United States Can Support LGBTQ+-led Organizations in Central America and Mexico

Statement

Expansions to Central American Minors Program a Welcome Step, More Must Be Done

Statement

Refugees International Statement on VP Harris’ Visit to Guatemala

Statement

Refugees International Concerned by U.S. Agreements with Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala

Q&A

Q&A: What’s at Stake in Today’s Court Hearing about the Central American Minors Program?

Opinion

The Hill: The U.S. Is Making Forced Displacement Worse in Guatemala

Opinion

UN Dispatch: The White House Wants To Send Asylum Seekers To Guatemala. This is Probably Illegal

Advocacy Letter

Biden Administration: Redress ACA’s Wrongful Return of Asylum Seekers to Guatemala

Advocacy Letter

Refugees International Opposes Asylum Cooperative Agreements with Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras

Advocacy Letter Testimony

U.S. Policy in Mexico and Central America: Ensuring Effective Policies to Address the Crisis at the Border

Event

2024 Global Conference on Internally Displaced People

Event

United for Sudan: National Rally in Washington D.C.

Event

Sudan Conflict One Year On: Women’s Leadership, Impacts, and Ways Forward

Perspective

Interaction: Sudanese Groups Provide Light Amid Year of Darkness

Commentary

IAI: European and Tunisian Migration Policies: A Recipe for Failure and Suffering

Perspective

A Tale of Two Christmas Seasons at the U.S.-Mexico Border 

Featured Image: Erwin Jose Ardon was the first Central American asylum seeker sent to Guatemala under the country’s ACA agreement with the United States, pictured on November 24, 2019. Erwin opted to return to Honduras, but said he hopes to set out again for the United States where his daughter was born seven months ago. © AP Photo/ Elmer Martinez