Task Force on Latin America and the Caribbean
For more than 27 years, FOR’s Task Force of Latin America and the Caribbean has endeavored to protect human rights in this region of the world through research, education, and direct action. This task force is responsible for groundbreaking research that exposes the profound impact of U.S. military funding of oppressive regimes and the deleterious effects of U.S. military bases. Working in collaboration with sister groups in the U.S. and in Latin America, the task force has been a part of successful efforts to close military bases in Panama, Puerto Rico, and Ecuador, and to hold the U.S. responsible for the cleanup.
We have worked closely with groups in Colombia to oppose the 2009 US-Colombia military cooperation agreement that granted the US access to all military bases and are currently active in the Continental Campaign Against Military Bases. We are also supporting the growing anti-militarism movement in Mexico, which has experienced nearly 40,000 murders since the Calderon government, driven partly the U.S. Merida Initiative, declared a drug war in 2007.
Through a physical presence on the ground as well as political work with civilian and military officials and the diplomatic community, FOR teams provide security and visibility to the peace community of San José de Apartadó, the Campesino Association of Antioqua and the Medellín Youth Network. These Colombian efforts are inspiring examples of demilitarization of life and land through military resistance, youth organizing to create alternatives to war, and campesinos (farmers in Latin America) uniting to promote land sustainability.