Bufete Para Pueblos Indígenas / Firm for Indigenous Peoples

The struggle for Mayan autonom

Bufete Para Pueblos Indígenas / Firm for Indigenous Peoples
Guatemala | Founded in 2017 | Thousand Currents Partner since 2020

The Law Firm for Indigenous Peoples is a multidisciplinary space committed to serve primarily Indigenous communities and individuals who fight for the defense and recovery of their land, their ways of life, and against the criminalization they may face as a result of these struggles. Founded in 2017, given the violence Guatemalan Indigenous leaders faced, Bufete:

  • Promotes specialized litigation on behalf of Indigenous women and peoples, in order to re-establish and fully exercise their rights and holistically develop their territories.
    Develops research that contributes to defending the rights of Indigenous women and peoples.
  • Holds public and political advocacy actions with key government actors and Indigenous leaders to achieve dignified justice for Indigenous peoples.
  • Facilitates educational processes that focus on defending Indigenous territories and the development of dignified justice.

Bufete Para Pueblos Indigenas works with 32 Indigenous communities and recently achieved a legal protection in the constitutional court that suspends the use of traditional designs of Guatemalan Indigenous weavers, by the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism (INGUAT) who uses these designs without granting credit and asking the community for permission.

Grassroots Brilliance

Stories of our partners' impact

Alternative Economies | Latin America

“We resist through the art”

The women of AFEDES stand up to corporate theft of Mayan designs.

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Alternative Economies | Latin America

“We resist through the art”

The women of AFEDES stand up to corporate theft of Mayan designs.

Grassroots Leadership | Latin America

Indigenous. Woman. Leader.

AFEDES makes sure these three words are found together more often.

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Defending maize, defending food

“This is our continued battle to defend the integrity and diversity of Mexico’s corn and its connection with an entire culture.”

Asia | Grassroots Leadership

Mobilizing millions

Rural women in Nepal are transforming the economic and political landscape in their country.

Africa | Grassroots Leadership

Stepping into power

An emerging young women’s movement is continuing the work of the previous generation of women’s rights leaders in Zimbabwe.

Alternative Economies | Latin America

A new bottom line

Putting people over profits means a new bottom line.