The Americas program sponsored by Nonviolence International (NI-Americas) is led by Andres Thomas Conteris, who has served as the Director of the Program on the Americas since 1999.
NI-Americas supports closegitmo.net and its campaign to close Guantanamo Bay and to end US practice of torture. Conteris went on a hunger strike for 80 days in solidarity with fasting prisoners in Guantanamo and in California..
NI-Americas continues to support solidarity delegations to the Americas including Honduras and Uraguay in 2014.
In 2005, the Americas program began translating and recording headline news for Democracy Now in Spanish. It enrolls more than 500 Spanish language radio stations throughout the world to broadcast these headlines daily. Six years later, this program continues to support this important project.
In 2009, Andres assisted in leading international solidarity efforts to oppose the coup d’état in Honduras. He was the only American who stayed in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa with President Zelaya for more than four months. He has led numerous delegations to Honduras and Latin America focusing on topics such as human rights and justice.
The NI Program on the Americas has worked to get the “Training Manual for Nonviolent Defense Against the Coup d’ État” translated into Spanish and is currently in the process of printing 500 copies to be distributed throughout Latin America. 180 copies will be distributed in Honduras where the most recent coup took place in the Americas. The SERPAJ network is active in 13 countries in Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay and each of the national networks will distribute 5 copies each. The Manual will also be distributed at events sponsored by the World Social Forum.