ANALYSIS: Between War and Peace

Structure of SIPAZ

SIPAZ is an international organization legally incorporated in the United States and the Netherlands, but its mission is mainly carried out in and from Mexico.

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International Team

SIPAZ develops its work through an international team based in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, from which we travel to the main areas of conflict in the state. Since 2005, our team has expanded its work to the states of Oaxaca and Guerrero, with frequent visits to those states, though without permanent offices there. Marina Pagés (France) has been the team’s Coordinator since 2001.

Address of SIPAZ in Chiapas:

Calle Magisterio #59, Colonia 14 de Septiembre
CP 29210, San Cristóbal de Las Casas
Chiapas, México
(+52.967) 631 60 55

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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of SIPAZ is our decision-making, planning, and international outreach body, made up of representatives of several of the organizations that form the SIPAZ coalition as well as people with experience in Mexico and in the fields of peace building, nonviolence, and human rights. They meet with the permanent team in Chiapas once a year, in order to lend continuity to the context and work, as well as to adapt the strategic approach of the project to new circumstances.

Members of the Board of Directors:

Gustavo Cabrera, President
Servicio Paz y Justicia en América Latina, Costa Rica

Richard Stahler-Sholk, Treasurer

Rev. Denise Griebler, Secretary
Mayan Ministries, USA

Sandra Eriksson
Swedish Fellowship of Reconciliation (SweFOR),Sweden

Elizabeth Saenz Ackerman, legal representative

Luisa Palmer, honorary member


Address of SIPAZ in the United States:

P.O. BOX 20067

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International Advisory Committee:

Mairead Corrigan-Maguire
Nobel Peace Prize 1977, Ireland

Adolfo Pérez Esquivel
Nobel Peace Prize 1980, Argentina

Rigoberta Menchú Tum
Nobel Peace Prize 1992, Guatemala

José Ramos-Horta
Nobel Peace Prize 1996, East Timor

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International Coalition

Since its creation, the SIPAZ program in Chiapas has developed supported by the same international coalition that founded it. It is made up of organizations from the Americas and Europe with a wide expertise in the fields of peace building, human rights, and conflict transformation.

See also “SIPAZ and its Network