Coexistence International makes fact-finding trip to Mexico and Latin America

May 25-June 9, 2010

In May, Jessica Berns, Program Director of Coexistence International (CI), began a two-week fact-finding trip to Mexico, Costa Rica, and Peru. The purpose of her trip was to gain a deeper understanding of the coexistence issues facing countries at a national level, as well as themes for the region, and to introduce CI’s resources and experience.

Berns met with individuals and organizations representing civil society, academia, and governments who work on issues pertaining to coexistence and governance, including immigration, indigenous rights, and transitional justice, among other thematic areas.

Highlights of her trip included

Read some of Berns' reflections on the trip at Brandeis Office of Global Affairs' Global Brandeis blog: "On Development in Mexico City" (6/6/10) & "Democracy in Costa Rica" (6/20/10).

The Coexistence International Focus Paper "What is Coexistence and Why a Complementary Approach?" [PDF] is available in a Spanish translation. Read or download "¿Qué es la convivencia y por qué adoptar un enfoque complementario?" [PDF].


Ojo Que Llora - Lima, Peru
Jessica Berns visits "El Ojo Que Llora": (The Eye That Cries), in Lima, Peru, a memorial to those killed and missing from the 1980-2000 internal conflict in that nation.

Ojo Que Llora - Lima, Peru
"El Ojo Que Llora" is the work of Dutch artist Lika Mutal, who lives in Peru.

Ojo Que Llora - Lima, Peru
The memorial is intended to be a place of peace and reconciliation. It features the names of all of those killed and missing from the conflict.


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