PI began its work in Guatemala in 2008. Until 2014, this work was carried out in collaboration with the Unit for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (UDEFEGUA), enabling considerable progress in the protection area, and leaving behind significant built capacities. Starting in 2015 we launched a new strategic partnership with the Asociación Civil el Observador (Observer Civil Association), and we maintain the space to collaborate with other organizations in the Mesoamerican region.

The Guatemala team is made up of individuals experienced in human rights protection and, in particular, protection in rural areas. The work will evolve in collaboration with Guatemalan organizations and international organizations in Guatemala, with output in human rights defense shared with those organizations with which we have a narrow relationship and ongoing communication. PI is also a participant in FONGI, the Forum of International NGOs in Guatemala.

Beginning in 2014, PI has redoubled its efforts in research and learning in human rights protection, focusing in particular on Protection Networks, criminalization, and public policy for the protection of human rights. In Guatemala, the defenders who protect land and territorial rights are affected by violent repression, jeopardizing their security and that of their families, which is why PI conducts workshops focused on Risk Analysis and Security Planning, Protection Networks, Cyber Security, and Nonviolence.

PI has also produced 11 publications offering to human rights defenders a series of useful tools to help them better understand protection and security topics, and to find useful mechanisms to challenge the processes initiated against them. The objective is also to shed light upon the specific threats that loom over all human rights defenders, and upon the growing criminalization of social protest in the recent years.

In continuity with the trajectory we have maintained these years, PI is increasing its investigative capacities through the use of Social Network Analysis, promoting a Participating Investigative Action (Investigación Acción Participativa, IAP) on Protection Networks (Redes de Protección, RdP). Its goal is to develop, together with human rights defenders, strategies that might bring us closer to a realization of human rights defense while strengthening social cohesion so as to carry out the struggle for human rights in greater security, and to strengthen protection.