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GSN MONDAY MAILER MAY 09 2016

Posted by on Monday, May 16, 2016 in News, Uncategorized.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. A FEW LINKS
2. GREAT LOOKING NEW MONOGRAPH ON THE MAYA OF S. BELIZE
3. EXPERT WITNESS NEEDED IN CASE ON GANGS IN QUICHE
4. EXPERT WITNESS NEEDED ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE/ FORCED CHILD MARRIAGE IN MAM REGION
5. EXPERT WITNESS NEEDED TO AID CASE FOR A MAM WOMAN
6. MULTIPLE IMPORTANT UPDATES FROM THE MEF
7. GSN'ER CHRIS LUTZ IN JUNE AT THE CASA POPENOE — ONE NIGHT ONLY–
8. MORE GREAT JUNE EVENTS AT THE CASA POPENOE
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1. A FEW LINKS
A. “Water is Life”: Guatemalan March for Water Rights Connects Struggles Across Latin America http://upsidedownworld.org/main/guatemala-archives-33/5625-water-is-life-guatemalan-march-for-water-rights-connects-struggles-across-latin-america
B. A war is in the midst between Jimmy and G-8 against US-CICIG https://nomada.gt/a-war-is-in-the-midst-between-jimmy-and-g-8-against-us-cicig/

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2. GREAT LOOKING NEW MONOGRAPH ON THE MAYA OF S. BELIZE

This is a critical time for southern Belize, and the community of Santa Cruz in particular. While I know that academic publications may not be the strongest form of activism, it's my hope that this is a small contribution toward the goal that the community's voice be heard in as many arenas as possible. It could be a useful ethnography for a substantial range of classes including environmental anthropology, medical anthropology, development anthropology, as well as many indigenous studies, environmental studies, and latin american/caribbean studies courses.
The flyer with more substantive information and ordering details is attached, and online ordering is here: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498512831/Embodying-Ecological-Heritage-in-a-Maya-Community-Health-Happiness-and-Identity#

Enter LEX30AUTH16 at checkout for a 30% discount.
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3. EXPERT WITNESS NEEDED IN CASE ON GANGS IN QUICHE

I am currently working on an asylum case with a Guatemalan Quiche woman and her children and was wondering if we could discuss any resources you may have in terms of supporting evidence and corroboration. The basis of her claim is that her family was continuously threatened by the gangs for money. They are from Chuchuca which is in the department of El Quiche. I believe she was largely targeted because the gangs knew her husband was here in the U.S. and would send her money. Unfortunately, these cases involving gang threats can rarely sustain the burden of showing the persecution was on account of membership in a particular social group, race, religion, nationality, or political opinion. She says she was part of a local group that essentially worked together to call the police on the gangs anytime they became aware of gang violence. On May 20th I need to submit my evidence to the court and DHS and then we will have a trial in June. If you have anyone who could submit written support to these sorts of problems in Guatemala it would be greatly appreciated. I am doing this case fully pro-bono. Although her husband has been living here, they have 4 children, all of whom are also in removal proceedings, and so money is tight. I agreed to take the case for no money because I thought I could possibly make a valid asylum claim and help them out.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

Marcy S. Levine-Sevilla, Esq.
Hellum & McIntyre, LLC
103 Broad Street
New London, CT 06320
Ph: 860-447-0447

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4. EXPERT WITNESS NEEDED ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE/ FORCED CHILD MARRIAGE IN MAM REGION

My name is Stephanie Tobosa-Smit, and I am immigration attorney based in the Bay Area. I am looking for an expert on country conditions in Guatemala, someone who has knowledge of (1) domestic violence against women (particularly indigenous Mam Mayan women) in Guatemala, (2) the practice of selling female children into forced marriages to adult men within the Mam community (or within Guatemala at large), and (3) any other worsening country conditions/dangers for domestic violence/child bride survivors returning to the country.

General Background of Case: At age 12, our client was sold by her parents into a marriage with an adult man. She went to live with this man in his family's home and was basically treated like the family's servant. Her "husband" forced her to have sex with him and he frequently beat her. After a few months of enduring this abuse, our client ran to a cousin for help, and he helped her come to the U.S. in 1997 (still age 12).

In the U.S., when our client was 16 years old, an unscrupulous employer of hers filed an asylum application on our client's behalf, but then did not communicate to her any information about her asylum interview or removal hearing. As a result, our client was ordered removed in absentia in 2002 without her knowledge.

Our client returned to Guatemala in January 2015 to visit her sick brother. While she there, her ex-"husband" found her, beat her, and threatened her with death. She managed to escape and return to the US.

My firm and I are preparing to file a motion to reopen on our client's behalf so that she can finally present her bonafide claim for asylum.

This case is time-sensitive, so I am looking for someone who can provide me with an affidavit within the month.

If you are interested in working on this case, please contact me at 510-984-7614 or stephanie@hnhimmigration.

Thank you,

Stephanie Tobosa-Smit

436 14th Street, Suite 716
Oakland CA 94612
Tel: 510.868.0633
Fax: 510.894.8484
www.HNHimmigration.com

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5. EXPERT WITNESS NEEDED TO AID CASE FOR A MAM WOMAN

I am an immigration attorney in Oakland, California, and was given your contact information by Kelsey Alford-Jones (formerly of the Guatemala Human Rights Commission). I had hoped she could serve as an expert witness for a client of mine (Guatemalan, Maya Mam woman) with a hearing in July. Unfortunately, Kelsey can't do it so I'm now seeking another expert.

Can you help me with this search? Kelsey mentioned that you could help me connect with the Guatemalan Scholars Network.

My law firm used Kelsey as an expert for numerous cases, so are now looking to find another expert with whom we can work on our Guatemalan asylum cases. I would greatly appreciate any leads you have or assistance you can provide.

Thanks so much,
Laura Kent-Monning


Laura Kent-Monning, Esq.
HaleyNelson & Heilbrun, LLP
Immigration & Nationality Law
436 14th Street, Suite 716
Oakland, CA 94612
Main: (510) 868.0633
Direct: (510) 868.0288
Fax: (510) 894.8484

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6. MULTIPLE IMPORTANT UPDATES FROM THE MEF

April 2016

Dear GSNers:

Spring greetings to you from all of us at the
Maya Educational Foundation.

We would like to share three items with you today:

A. . We have been very busy and invite you
to go to our website at www.mayaedufound.org and visit our Facebook
page where you will see all the most recent MEF news. We have increased
our social media efforts and hope you will like us on Facebook. Also,
please, spread the word about MEF, share our page with colleagues
and friends. We appreciate it.
Thank you for supporting MEF and its programs for Maya students
in Guatemala. We need your support more than ever,
as more and more of our beneficiaries are reaching university level
and costs become higher for MEF.

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B. You may know about Bruce Love and his labor of love, Mayas for
Ancient Mayan, MAM. He wanted us to know about the upcoming
Epigraphy Congress in Guatemala in May and asked me to share
this information with you as well. Here it is:

Dear Friends
My non-profit organization is planning our 3rd International Congress of Maya Epigraphers this year in Guatemala. Here is the link to our crowd-funding campaign and a picture of one or our Maya colleagues Ana Elizabeth Ramírez: day keeper, diviner, and community leader, comparing the modern calendar, still in use, with the ancient calendar from the Madrid Codex.

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https://www.generosity.com/education-fundraising/maya-revival–2
Click on this link to watch our video and read our story, and please pass the link forward to friends, family, and colleagues. Best wishes, Bruce Love, President – MAM (Mayas for Ancient Mayan)
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C. We received the following request for a Chuj interpreter at MEF yesterday:

Suffolk County Family Court in New York State needs a Chuj interpreter for 6/13/16. We are aware of the difficulty of finding an interpreter of that language here in the States and we’re willing to contact an interpreter in Guatemala or Mexico. We will appreciate any contact info that you could give us.

Ana Kestler, Staff Interpreter
Suffolk County Court
Riverhead NY 11901
ph: 631-852-2133
e-mail: akestler@nycourts.gov

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7. GSN'ER CHRIS LUTZ IN JUNE AT THE CASA POPENOE — ONE NIGHT ONLY–

Cirma y Casa Popenoe invitan a la mesa redonda coordinada por Christopher Lutz: La destrucción de Santiago de Guatemala y su traslado a la Antigua.
Sábado 25 de junio de 2016
4:00pm
contribución Q.30
Estudiantes y guías de turismo Q15
Casa Popenoe
6 calle Oriente #16
La Antigua Guatemala

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8. MORE GREAT JUNE EVENTS AT THE CASA POPENOE

Conferencia: A la búsqueda del mejor aguacate del mundo: el primer viaje de Wilson Popenoe a Guatemala
Conferencista: Lorena Lemus
Fecha: Jueves 16 de junio 2016, 4:00 pm
Contribución: Q30.00. Estudiantes con carnet y guías de turismo Q15.00
Datos:
Casa Popenoe 6ª calle Oriente # 16 Antigua Guatemala
Para más información: http://casapopenoe.ufm.edu/category/evento/ historia-ufm@ufm.edu (502) 2413-3258