Abby Weil

Abby Weil (ADIVIMA): Abby completed her undergraduate degree in anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she had the opportunity to serve as a tutor in Lima, Peru. At the time of her fellowship she was pursuing a master of arts in public anthropology at American University in Washington, DC. Abby also interned for the Guatemala Human Rights Commission-USA, promoting human rights in Guatemala through research, educational outreach and advocacy.

Just Breathe

22 May

Preparing to leave for Guatemala has occurred during a whirlwind of schoolwork, wrapping up at my internship, and completing my comprehensive master’s exam and I am just beginning to fully realize how excited I am to be going.

I have been interning this semester at the Guatemala Human Rights Commission-USA, working on documentation and advocacy for human rights issues in Guatemala. Through my work at GHRC I learned much of the history of the thirty-six year internal conflict that ravaged the country, and the legacy of impunity that still prevails in Guatemala.

After working as a counterpart in the United States to many different human rights organizations in Guatemala, I am looking forward to working on the ground with the survivors of the massacres in Rabinal. ADIVIMA has accomplished so much, and I feel lucky to be able to work with the organization and learn from the people that have made it happen.

As I am counting down the days to leave, I am reminding myself to breathe and relax. I hope to organize the last details of my trip and be able to share in the excitement and anxiety that I am sure all of the fellows are feeling right now.

I may be finished with schoolwork and exams for the semester, but as a student of life, I am preparing to embark on perhaps the greatest lesson so far through the experience and opportunity afforded me by Advocacy Project and ADIVIMA. I hope that all of you reading will join me on the journey and continue to keep me in your thoughts throughout the summer!

Posted By Abby Weil

Posted May 22nd, 2007