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The Protection International Mesoamerica team was established in 2008 in close coordination with the Unidad de Defensores de Derechos Humanos de Guatemala (UDEFEGUA) which lasted till 2014.

Protection Desk (PD) Mesoamerica has been a pioneer in the development of a methodology for the protection of human rights defenders (HRDs) and indigenous communities in the most isolated rural areas called protection networks with an innovative approach to collective protection where security is considered a social fact that is built from the organization and solidarity in the communities.

As of 2015, a PD Mesoamerica office was installed to continue strengthening the protection processes in the Mesoamerican region with Asociación Civil El Observador as main partner. Since 2016, PD Mesoamerica has a regional scope and works in El Salvador, Honduras and southern Mexico in partnership with COPINH (Coordinadora de Pueblos indígenas de Honduras), ADES (Asociación de desarrollo económico y social, Santa Marta, El Salvador) and Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Matías de Córdoba.

PD Mesoamerica works in alliance with multiple actors and stakeholders in the four countries such as ACOGUATE, CODEG, FONGI, Alianza contra la criminalización, Plataforma Internacional, COPREDH, UDEFEGUA, Amnesty International, Global Witness, Global Fund for Human Rights, JASS, ACCUDEH, etc.

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Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Matías de Córdova (México)

ADES (Asociación de desarrollo económico y social, Santa Marta, El Salvador)

COPINH (Coordinadora de Pueblos indígenas de Honduras)

Asociación Civil El Observador



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