Cristosal's team of volunteer advocates are the heart of our grassroots network. While this role looks different for everyone, in general, our advocates are people who:
Choose to Make a Difference
When Cristosal first started looking at the problem of forced displacement by violence in El Salvador, we were warned not to touch it. It just seemed too big, too complicated. But we dove in anyway, and offered humanitarian and legal assistance to an extended family of 21 people with nowhere to go.
Almost three years later, Cristosal has four programs dedicated to protecting victims of violence and displacement, repairing the lingering effects of human rights violations, building human rights environments where peace is possible, and equipping human rights leaders with knowledge and tools for action.
In 2017, we won four Supreme Court cases in favor of families forcibly displaced by violence. Cristosal, with historic human rights organizations, is prosecuting the first war crime to be tried in Salvadoran courts, the El Mozote case. We are working with 10 communities to build durable solutions for forced displacement. In 2018, we will host 11 intercultural Global School seminars in San Salvador with North and Central Americans.
But it all started with one choice, one action, one case.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the problems around us. It can seem impossible to take meaningful action when each new day brings more heartbreaking headlines. The truth is, it’s always easier to destroy than it is to build. But together, one case at a time, we can build an environment where peace is possible in the Northern Triangle.