September 16, 2020
Youth Movements and the Fight against Corruption in Central America
Hundreds of young people in Honduras and Guatemala have been protesting online and on the streets in response to a lack of transparency in public institutions. Independent media and youth-led civil society organizations have denounced numerous corruption scandals in Central American governments. The COVID-19 crisis has exposed the pervasiveness of corruption in the region and revealed the role hundreds of citizens have played in combatting it.
In this webinar, prominent Central American youth will discuss their experiences in the fight against corruption and impunity in Central America.
The webinar will be broadcast in Spanish via Zoom at 11:00am (Central America time)/10:00am (PDT)/1:00pm (EDT). You will receive a link after completing your registration, which is free.
To register, click the "Register" button above on this page.
September 1 - 3, 2020
Central America Donors Forum (CADF) 2020Save the date! CADF 2020 will take place virtually from September 1 to 3, under the theme Reinvention and Resistance in Times of Crisis.
July 8, 2020
Corruption and impunity
Gender & Corruption in Central America: Women's Responses to CorruptionIn this webinar, the third in the series on corruption in Central America, prominent women with experience in the fight against impunity will discuss women's roles in and responses to issues of corruption in the region. They will also discuss the impact the lack of transparency has on women's daily lives.
March 18, 2020
Virtual Event – Proven strategies for stopping gender-based violenceJoin Global Washington and Seattle International Foundation for an important panel discussion of the causes and consequences of gender-based violence and how we move forward to a more equitable society for people of all gender identities.
March 12, 2020
Rule of Law
SUSPENDED | Virtual Panel: Lessons from the fight against corruption and impunity in Central America
Dear friends, We regret to inform you that as part of the preventive measures taken against the coronavirus to lower risk of exposure and spread, we have suspended this virtual panel. We thank you for your interest in this conversation on corruption and impunity in Central America.
In recent years, Guatemala and Honduras have seen significant progress in the fight against impunity and corruption. The International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) served for 12 years in the country, in which its investigations were key in dismantling over 70 criminal schemes and prosecute more than 650 people. The Mission against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH), in its almost four years in the country, contributed to the prosecution of 14 cases and 133 people. Similarly, both commissions submitted proposals for judicial reform to strengthen the judicial system and criminal proceedings such as the illicit financing of politics, among others.
However, these important achievements generated a counterattack of corrupt powers that could not be contained. As a consequence, CICIG's mandate ended in September 2019 and that of MACCIH in January 2020. In the last six months, the fight against impunity and corruption seems to have changed completely in Guatemala and Honduras.
In El Salvador, the situation is somewhat different. In November 2019, the Salvadoran government and the Organization of American States (OAS) signed an agreement for the installation of the International Commission against Impunity in El Salvador (CICIES).
With all this in mind, several questions arise regarding anti-impunity and anti-corruption efforts in the region: What have the results been for anti-impunity and anti-corruption commissions? Have they been successful? How has civil society participated in the fight? What are the most effective mechanisms? In addition, what happens now with the fight against impunity and what happens for the officials on these commissions? What possibilities remain?
This is an online event and will be conducted in Spanish.
February 14, 2020
Conscious MenstruationJoin this CAMY Fund workshop to reflect on how to experience a more free and harmonious period.
October 23 - 25, 2019
2019 Central America Donors ForumThe Central America Donors Forum (CADF) is the premier networking and learning space to advance philanthropy and development efforts in Central America.
September 26, 2019
The Struggle for Peace in the Midst of Repression: Unified Voices from Nicaragua’s Civil Society Leaders
Following the breakdown of political negotiations between the Nicaraguan government and key opposition figures in August, political repression by state security forces has continued unabated. Civil society leaders, rural leaders, and independent journalists, among others, have been targeted by the administration of President Daniel Ortega. Against this backdrop of growing violence and political instability, how can Nicaraguan civil society bring about change when dialogue has been foreclosed and repression is mounting? Is the international community sufficiently engaged in efforts to press for change? What are the implications of Nicaragua’s decision to deny the OAS Special Commission on Nicaragua entry to the country?
The Wilson Center’s Latin American Program and the Seattle International Foundation are pleased to host prominent Nicaraguan civil society leaders representing the Unidad Nacional Azul y Blanco (Blue and White National Unity, UNAB) and the Alianza Cívica (Civic Alliance), who for the first time have come to Washington with a common message demanding change in Nicaragua. Please join us for this important discussion on Thursday, September 26, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
August 29, 2019
Migration & Journalism
Crisis & Migration: A Conversation With Central American Independent MediaSIF, through its Independent Journalism Fund, will host a discussion in Seattle, WA about the realities facing the media in Central America as they cover the growing migration crisis in the region.
August 1 - September 27, 2019
Migration and Journalism
Photo Gallery: Let's Leave. Because life can be better, maybe
SIF’s Independent Journalism Fund shows the harsh reality of Central America through a photo exhibition in the city of Seattle, Washington. The exhibit entitled Nos Vamos (Let’s Leave in English) will allow the viewer to put themselves in the shoes of the millions of Central Americans who cling hope to survive when they emigrate.
Nos Vamos displays the unique perspectives of five photographers from four independent media outlets in Central America to uncover the phenomenon of migration beyond what the news portrays and allows us to more deeply understand this crisis in the region.
The photo gallery will be open from August 1 to September 27, 2019 at the SIF office in Seattle, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free.
July 24, 2019
Nowhere to Turn: Gender-Based Violence in the Northern Triangle and its Impact on MigrationWhen security situations deteriorate in the Northern Triangle, women face the violence by powerful gangs and the domestic violence. This has exacerbated the tendency to migrate, despite a high likelihood of facing violence on the journey north and a slim likelihood of obtaining asylum in the United States.
July 16, 2019
Security and Human Rights
Forum: Public Security Policies that Guarantee Human Rights in El SalvadorFour organizations promoted a discussion on public security policies in El Salvador that are respectful, guarantee human rights and include democratic controls.
June 25, 2019
Migration & Security
Progress at Risk? First Annual Conference on Security, Migration, and Rule of Law in the Northern TriangleRecord numbers of Central Americans have fled the countries of the Northern Triangle during the first half of 2019, giving rise to abundant questions about how to address the drivers of migration.
April 19, 2019
Rule of Law
In Solidarity with Nicaragua: One Year of ResistanceOn the first anniversary of the student-led protests and a vicious government crackdown, Seattle International Foundation invites you to hear from the survivors of the ongoing crisis in Nicaragua.
March 27, 2019
Rule of Law
A Vow to End Child MarriageJoin Seattle International Foundation and GlobalWA members for a vibrant discussion on what child marriage looks like around the world and what these organizations are doing to tackle this complex, multi-faceted issue.
February 19, 2019
Rule of Law
Nicaragua's Human Rights Crisis: A GIEI InvestigationJoin Seattle International Foundation and Americas Society/Council of the Americas for a presentation and discussion with three members of the GIEI about their report and recommendations for dealing with Nicaragua’s widening human rights crisis.
February 7, 2019
Rule of Law
Democracy in Nicaragua Under Siege: An Independent Report on the Violence of the Ortega RegimeOrganized by the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center and Seattle International Foundation, this event offer an in-depth discussion of its content as well as an analysis of the state of affairs in Nicaragua today.
June 1, 2018