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GLA is Hiring!

Program Assistant:

The Global Liberty Alliance (GLA) seeks a fully bilingual (English and Spanish) Program Assistant to support programmatic work, planning, designing and implementing programs related to rule of law, democracy, and human rights in Latin American repressive countries. This position is based in GLA’s Alexandria office. Responsibilities:

  • Under supervision, creates or makes contributions to drafts of proposals, concept papers, reports, memos, program updates, and work plans
  • Plays a role in organizing program training, conferences, workshops and meetings
  • Proofreads and inputs edits on quarterly reports and proposals. Translates documents.
  • Assists in monitoring program spending; perform basic analysis and financial projections
  • Provides administrative and logistical support to staff; oversees logistics needs
  • Provides administrative support and programmatic input into the proposal process and contributes to strategic discussions; contributes to work plan formulation and discussions
  • With guidance, identifies means and methods to support program strategy and vision; handles limited aspects of program management
  • Assists Program Manager in coordinating with staff, volunteers, consultants, and partners
  • Prepares and compiles briefing materials for staff, consultants and volunteers in programs

Qualifications:

  • Fluency in oral and written Spanish and English required
  • Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, Political Science or a related field. Additional years of relevant work experience may be substituted for the educational requirement
  • A minimum of six months of relevant experience in a professional office setting; experience in the area of rule of law, democracy, and human rights preferred
  • International working experience or interest in the regional political environment, preferably in the region repressive countries (Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela)
  • Working knowledge word processing and spreadsheet applications
  • Basic knowledge of monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) 
  • Must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. GLA does not provide sponsorship.

General Working Conditions:

General working office environment. Some long hours including evenings and weekends to complete tasks or attend events. May involve work in regions that are remote and lack basic modern infrastructure.  Email applications to info@globallibertyalliance.org (ATT. HUMAN RESOURCES)

Urgent Action (Cuba) – José Daniel Ferrer UNPACU

Alexandria, Virginia – For several weeks, the Communist government of Cuba and the party apparatus have ruthlessly targeted Cuban opposition leader José Daniel Ferrer, leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (“UNPACU”). Unlawfully detained on October 1, 2019, Mr. Ferrer has since been subjected to all forms of torture.

With the support of Mr. Ferrer’s family and a coalition that represents a large cross-section of Cuba’s opposition movement, the Global Liberty Alliance (“GLA”) requested that the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights of the Organization of American States press the Cuban government to adopt precautionary measures to protect the lives of Mr. Ferrer and his other UNPACU colleagues who have been unlawfully detained in Cuba for weeks.

Attached is the complete press release with supporting documentation.

U.S. Policy Makers Urge Trump Administration to Impose Additional Sanctions on Nicaraguan Officials

In a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin this week, House Western Hemisphere Subcommittee Chairman Albio Sires (D- New Jersey) urged the Trump administration to hold Nicaraguan officials accountable for acts of corruption and serious violations of human rights.

“The repression carried out against peaceful protestors in 2018 by security forces and affiliated groups under the direction of President Daniel Ortega resulted in over 300 deaths and 800 arbitrary detentions,” Chairman Sires said. Sires added that “[w]hile I appreciate the actions that your department has already taken, including designations of three officials that were announced today, I urge you to fully utilize the tools available under U.S. law,” and impose additional sanctions on other Nicaraguan officials.

For several years the Global Liberty Alliance has been tracking gross violations of fundamental rights in Nicaragua. The GLA has also met or talked with civil society leaders from Nicaragua, including family members and representatives of American citizens who have been targeted by the Ortega-Murillo regime. The GLA has also been urging U.S. policymakers to impose tougher sanctions, visa restrictions, and otherwise hold violators of fundamental rights to account for what they have done, and continue to do, to undermine regional security and U.S. national interests.

Since 2008 several Americans have been killed and/or tortured by agents of the Cuba-backed Ortega-Murillo regime.

Embedded in this post is a copy of Chairman Sires’s letter to Secretary Mnunuchin. Nic Letter 11-7-19 on Scribd:

UPDATE 25- On Fourth Anniversary of Nizar Zakka’s Abduction

Open Letter from Nizar Zakka, Former Iran Hostage, On the Fourth Anniversary of his Abduction

On this day four years ago, kidnappers decided to make September 18, 2015, a turning point in my life. The only motivation was to make me a pawn in their campaign against the emerging spirit of openness in their country, a process which was heading toward the nuclear deal.

On this day, four years ago, I was forced to begin a journey of the harshest bitterness, pain and sorrow. My only fault was that, on that day, I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, on my way back from Tehran to Beirut, concluding an official working visit at the invitation of the Iranian Presidency. 

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ADN CUBA: U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo urged to sanction Cuban officials for religious freedom crackdown

Por ADN Cuba el 02 Sep 2019 – 7:20pm

Philanthropists, evangelists and lawyers concerned about individual liberty in Cuba recently urged U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to issue new sanctions against regime officials whose job it is to suppress religious freedom on the Communist island. 

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GLA Letter to ICT Industry Leaders on Alleged Weaponization of ICT Technology in Cuba

In response to a request from Cuban civil society and religious leaders a few weeks ago, the Global Liberty Alliance sent a letter of information to ICT industry leaders and U.S. policymakers to raise awareness about alleged weaponization of ICT tools in Cuba. The matter was brought to the Global Liberty Alliance’s attention by a human rights defender and former political prisoner, Mr. Jorge Luis García Pérez (known as “Antúnez”).

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UPDATE 24- Son of Hostage in Iran Meets Secretary Pompeo

Zakka Family Appreciates Continued Support Of The U.S. Government

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Yesterday, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo delivered remarks at the Department of State to families of American citizens and U.S Legal Permanent residents held captive abroad. Mr. Omar Zakka, the youngest son of Mr. Nizar Zakka, who last month testified before Congress a second time about his father’s case, was at the State Department for meetings with senior U.S. officials including Secretary of State of Mike Pompeo.

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UPDATE 23- Zakka Family Appreciates Continued Support of the US Congress

Earlier today, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism held a hearing titled, “The Status of American Hostages in Iran.” Mr. Omar Zakka, the youngest son of Mr. Nizar Zakka, testified before the Committee on Nizar’s ongoing unlawful detention.

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We Need You

Dear Supporters of the Global Liberty Alliance & Friends,

It is an end to another busy year at the Global Liberty Alliance. We wanted to thank you for helping the Global Liberty Alliance do amazing things this year and want to ask you to stay by our side in 2019. In fact a lot of the work we do is not headline-grabbing, but it is vital to our clients and others on the front lines defending liberty, fundamental rights, and the rule of law.

We finished the year strong, but we have a lot more work to do, and we need your help to grow and be even more successful in 2019! 

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