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GSN MONDAY MAILER NOVEMBER 30 2015

Posted by on Friday, December 11, 2015 in News, Uncategorized.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
 

1. DON'T FORGET THE MAYA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION ON CYBER MONDAY (ALSO SEE PDF ABOVE)

2. ATTORNEY NEEDS EXPERT WITNESS HELP CONCERNING DRUG TRAFFICKING IN GUATEMALA
3. GSN"ER CAROL HENDRICKSON FEATURED IN NOV/DEC ANTHROPOLOGY NEWS
4. ATTORNEY SEEKS HELP FOR CASE RELATED TO TODOS SANTOS TODAY
5. NEW VOLUME ON MAYA SPIRITUALITY AND RITUAL BEHAVIOR FROM THE PRE-CLASSIC TO TODAY PUBLISHED BY THE GUATEMALAN GOVERNMENT (SEE PDF ABOVE)
6. JOB OPPORTUNITY FOR BILINGUAL HEALTH WORKER/EXPERT WITH NONPROFIT IN GUATEMALA
7.MULTIPLE GSN'ERS CONTRIBUTE TO SPECIAL EDITION OF "LABEL ME LATINA/O
 
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1. DON'T FORGET THE MAYA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION ON CYBER MONDAY (ALSO SEE PDF ABOVE)
 
I attach the MEF 2015-16 Newsletter for you
and your members and hope that you enjoy it.
 
We are only a few days away from Thanksgiving
and give thanks to GSN members for their support
to MEF which benefits scholarship programs
for Maya students in Guatemala and beyond, as
well as some other projects of educational outreach. 
 
To see and hear from a few students, please
watch the videos (in Spanish only for now) that
we received from our partner FEPMaya
just the other day.
 
Here are the YouTube links to the four videos:
 
 
 
 
 
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With best regards and wishes for a
Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels to all,
 
Elisabeth
Elisabeth S. Nicholson
Maya Educational Foundation
P.O. Box 1483
Wellfleet, MA 02667, USA
ph: 508-349-1330
fax: 508-349-0252
skype:   mefskypes

 
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2. ATTORNEY NEEDS EXPERT WITNESS HELP CONCERNING DRUG TRAFFICKING IN GUATEMALA
 
 trust this email finds you well. My name is Waleska Solorzano, and I am a legal assistant at Blessinger Legal, PLLC. Eileen Blessinger, the attorney, is cc'd on this email as well. We are an immigration law firm located in Falls Church, VA. 
 
I recently spoke with Kelsey who is the director of the Guatemalan Human Rights Commission/USA. She provided me with your email to get in contact with you regarding your Guatemalan expertise.  
 
We have a client who previously worked for drug traffickers in Guatemala and subsequently provided information against them.  We are looking for someone to provide a written affidavit and verbal testimony about the risk of harm against our client should he return to Guatemala.
 
Please let me know if you would be able to assist us in this case. Thank you so much for time. 
 
Best Regards,
 
 
Waleska Solorzano
Legal Assistant / Asistente Legal
Blessinger Legal PLLC
7389 Lee Highway, Suite 320
Falls Church, VA 22042
Tel: (703) 738-4248
Fax: (703) 955-3356

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3. GSN"ER CAROL HENDRICKSON FEATURED IN NOV/DEC ANTHROPOLOGY NEWS
 
 GSNer Carol Hendrickson is featured in an article about her visual anthropology work in the November/December 2015 issue of Anthropology News.
 
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4. ATTORNEY SEEKS HELP FOR CASE RELATED TO TODOS SANTOS TODAY
I hope that this email finds you well.  My name is Stephanie Tobosa-Smit, and I am an immigration attorney based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  You were referred to me by Kelsey Alford Jones with GHRC as someone who might have, or know someone who has, expertise in the Todos Santos region of Guatemala.
 
We are assisting a client originally from Todos Santos, Guatemala, in filing a Motion to Reopen with EOIR (in the 6th Circuit) based on changed circumstances.  
 
Here is some background information: Our client strongly asserts that he never participated with the guerrillas, though his family was accused of having guerrilla ties back in 1982 (for which soldiers burned down his family's home).  Our client left Guatemala for Mexico from 1987 to 1989; when he returned home, security forces accused him of having been living/working with the guerrillas during his 2-year absence.  For the next several years, he was constantly harassed, beaten, and accused of having guerrilla ties until his eventual departure to the United States in 1994.  
 
Our client recently returned to Todos Santos to visit a sick relative after over 20 years of living in the United States.  Shortly after his return to the region, security forces again targeted and accused him of having guerrilla connections, pointing out his name in an old book of suspected guerrillas.  All of the questions put to him during his subsequent incarceration and torture concerned his alleged guerrilla involvement.  After being held and tortured for approximately 24 hours, our client was finally released when the local evangelical church and a "Derechos Humanos" group located in Todos Santos intervened on his behalf.
 
The law in the 6th Circuit is extremely demanding in its standard for assessing the existence of changed circumstances.  We need to be able to point to some objective country conditions evidence that shows that conditions have changed in Todos Santos or Guatemala since 1994 (when our client was last before the immigration court). If we fail to do this, we fear his case will be denied for presenting a claim of a "purely personal change" in circumstances.
 
Would you be willing to orient me as to the current country conditions in Todos Santos/Guatemala, particularly as they pertain to native individuals from Todos Santos who fled and later returned to the region?  Or could you refer me to another group of expert in the field who might be able to assist us?
 
Thank you in advance for you time and for any guidance that you are able to provide–it is much appreciated.
 
Best regards,
 
Stephanie Tobosa-Smit
 
 
436 14th Street, Suite 716
Oakland CA 94612
Tel:  510.868.0633
Fax: 510.894.8484

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5. NEW VOLUME ON MAYA SPIRITUALITY AND RITUAL BEHAVIOR FROM THE PRE-CLASSIC TO TODAY PUBLISHED BY THE GUATEMALAN GOVERNMENT (SEE PDF ABOVE)
 
 
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6. JOB OPPORTUNITY FOR BILINGUAL HEALTH WORKER/EXPERT WITH NONPROFIT IN GUATEMALA
 
Common Hope / Fundación Familias de Esperanza, a nonprofit organization that has promoted integral human development for nearly 30 years in Guatemala through its education, health and housing programs, seeks qualified candidates for the position of Country Director, based at its Antigua Guatemala office.
 
Requirements:
5 to 7 years of broad management experience in the nonprofit, business, education or healthcare sectors
Demonstrated skills managing staff, finances and operations
Fully bilingual in English and Spanish, with excellent listening, writing, and public speaking skills in both languages
3 years minimum living and working in Central America
Demonstrated commitment to providing opportunities for underserved populations in Guatemala
The complete list of requirements and a detailed description of the role can be found in the job description, posted in English and Spanish on our website.  A competitive compensation package will be provided, commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through December 15, 2015.  To apply, please send a cover letter outlining your interest and unique qualifications, along with your CV in English and Spanish and salary history and/or requirements to applications@guate.commonhope.org

 
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7.MULTIPLE GSN'ERS CONTRIBUTE TO SPECIAL EDITION OF "LABEL ME LATINA/O 
 
Just a quick note to say that a special edition of Label me latina/o on indigenous peoples in the US that I co-edited with Leopoldo Peña came out this morning. It has work in it from several GSNers, as well as creative pieces in Spanish, English, and K'iche"!