Thank You For Participating in the 2012 Letter Writing Marathon!April 10, 2013
Amnesty International has issued its report on the results of the 2012 Letter Writing Marathon, and the Central America CoGroup would like to thank everyone who helped make it a success! 500,000 people across 77 countries took almost 2 million actions on 12 cases. Three of the cases featured groups and individuals in Guatemala and Honduras.
Back in January, I wrote a blog entry asking you to write letters to Guatemalan authorities urging them to protect Rosa Franco, a mother who has faced numerous death threats during her 11-year struggle for justice in the murder of her daughter, Maria Isabel. In response to all of the letters she received from activists around the world, Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti made a public commitment to support the investigation of this case. She also pledged to take further action on the broader issue of the widespread violence against women in her nation.
Naturally, this is not the end of the story. We need to keep up the pressure so that Baldetti will turn her words into actions. But her acknowledgement of the seriousness of this case and gender-based violence in general are an important step forward—a step that came thanks to YOU!
You can read about other positive results from your actions in the report.