Holistic Support for Land and Environmental Defenders in Guatemala
PRINCIPAL MEMBER: TRÓCAIRE
The number of land and environmental defenders (HRDs) being criminalised has increased in recent years, particularly in Latin America. Trócaire’s efforts in the past have focused on legal strategies aiming to free HRDs being held in pre-trial detention. With time, Trócaire has learned that support to HRDs needs to be holistic (including logistical, economic, medical and psychosocial support) and that legal, policy, advocacy, campaigning and communications strategies must be complementary. To avoid the individualistic “hero narrative”, in addition to freeing HRDs Trócaire works with communities to secure their land and resource rights.