Voices

Jackie McVicar has accompanied human rights social movements and land protectors in Central America for more than 10 years.

Demonstrating against the deal in Guatemala City. Photo by Jackie McVicar.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jackie McVicarAugust 01, 2019
“Our own people don’t have dignity. There’s no security. There are thousands of malnourished kids. How can we offer to be a safe country if it isn’t even safe for our own citizens?”
Protestors march to support a U.N. anti-corruption commission in Guatemala City on Jan. 6. Photo by Jackie McVicar.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jackie McVicarJanuary 18, 2019
“What they are doing not only puts Guatemala at risk but the entire region. Bit by bit, for more than a year, they have been trying to divide us. The elections are at risk. We are six months away.”
Family members and indigenous activists protest outside the courtroom as the killers of Berta Cáceres were convicted. But did the investigation go far enough. Photo by Jackie McVicar
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jackie McVicarNovember 30, 2018
The court ruled that the murder was premeditated with the “consent of Desa executives.” Desa is the Honduran company holding the concession for a hydroelectric dam project on the Gualcarque River on disputed land.
Honduran troops deploy in San Pedro Sula during the inauguration of Juan Orlando Hernández in January. Photo by Kevin Clarke.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jackie McVicarNovember 07, 2018
“We are living in calamity, a humanitarian crisis in Honduras. Today they left. Tomorrow they will leave.... Three hundred people leave Honduras every day.”
Activists march to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, D.C., in April 2016, calling for an independent investigation of the murder of environmental and indigenous rights activist Berta Cáceres. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn) 
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jackie McVicarAugust 28, 2018
Honduran authorities have put the trial for the murder of an environmental and indigenous rights activist at risk by refusing to analyze and share key evidence.
Bryan Rivera sifts through the remains of his house, after his family went missing during the Volcan de Fuego or "Volcano of Fire" eruption, in San Miguel Los Lotes, Guatemala, on June 7. (AP Photo/Moisés Castillo)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jackie McVicarJune 27, 2018
The Fuego volcano eruption destroyed properties recently sold to indigenous Guatemalans for subsistence farming.
Nery Rodenas, director of the Human Rights Office of the Archdiocese of Guatemala, stands beside a portrait of Bishop Juan José Gerardi. (Jackie McVicar)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jackie McVicarMay 07, 2018
Trials for genocide and human rights violations are proceeding in Guatemala, even after the death of the former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jackie McVicarMarch 20, 2018
The U.N. report documents cases of extrajudicial murders committed by police, illegal house raids and threats and harassment against journalists and social and political activists in Honduras.