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Conflict Resolution

Conflict Resolution

Mexico

Since 1937, AFSC has partnered with organizations in Mexico to address issues of urban and rural community development, disaster relief, indigenous rights, women's rights, and the promotion of local non-governmental organizations.

In 2013, the AFSC conducted an on-site evaluation of the U.S.-Mexico border to assist with the planning of a border program. Building on AFSC’s earlier efforts in the region, the study looked at health, the rights of agricultural and maquila workers, and immigrant rights.

The implementation of the border program represents an opportunity for the AFSC to accompany and empower Mexican and U.S. organizations and create networks that can directly influence community development through negotiation, mediation and conflict transformation.

The program is designed to facilitate exchange and dialogue between different groups in civil society, and the development of initiatives and proposals for addressing binational social issues.

The networks created under this program will work to change dominant narratives about border security and its relationship to national security. These networks will create spaces for new policies that address issues of common interest, such as public safety, youth, climate change and attention to the demands of indigenous peoples.

Guatemala

In Guatemala, AFSC works to build peace in Guatemala City neighborhoods. Through partnerships with schools, universities, community-based organizations, and public institutions, we are building an urban peace network focused on youth that encourages young people and adults to work together to reduce violence in their communities.

In 10 of the city´s neighborhoods, youth have organized Local Peace Networks, which regularly meet to build understanding among neighbors and plan activities to promote nonviolence.

A new pilot project, Schools for Peace, promotes mediation and conflict transformation as ways to encourage a culture of peace and citizen participation in the schools. The project promotes greater collaboration among teachers, administrative staff, students, and parents.

In addition, we have established alliances with different public sector institutions such as the Crime Prevention Commission of the National Civil Police, the Social Welfare Secretary, and the Humans Rights Office. These alliances allow us to create spaces where youth and public authorities can talk and exchange ideas, which promotes joint peace-building efforts and counters the negative stereotypes that exist about young people. 

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