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Our Goals

February 7, 2015
Benjamin Goodman
Village Rights International is focused on meeting concrete, measurable goals. To keep updated on how we're advancing in these projects, check our updates often.

Short Term Goals:


1. Spread the word ...

Biography of Teobaldo Martinez

February 22, 2015
Biography of Teobaldo Martinez
Benjamin Goodman
Teobaldo Martinez has graduated from university with his teaching degree, and after working as a Kuna language consultant for a few years in Panama City, is now applying to the Ministry of Education ...

Getting to Morti

February 21, 2015
Getting to Morti
Benjamin Goodman
The Mortí community is located nearly 30 km off the Pan-American Highway in the headwaters of the Chucunaque River, in one of the least developed areas of Panama. There are no roads into the ...

Colonos

February 19, 2013
Colonos
Benjamin Goodman
The term "colono" roughly translates as "settler." It is a term widely used by both the Kuna and non-Kuna to designate non-indigenous Panamanians living in the Darien, especially those that trace ...

VRI/ACD/UF Legal Reform Education Project

November 27, 2015
VRI/ACD/UF Legal Reform Education Project
Benjamin Goodman
Village Rights International Partners with University of Florida and Alianza Para la Conservacion y el Desarrollo in Legal Reform Education Program in Panama
Village Rights International (VRI) is ...

VRI Concept and Rationale

July 22, 2013
Benjamin Goodman
Concept and Rationale

The indigenous Kuna communities of the Wargandi Comarca (Indigenous Territory) of Panama face the following challenges:
Limited knowledge of legal rights and ...

Panamanian Perspectives On Panama's Indigenous Population

February 24, 2013
Benjamin Goodman
Professor Herrera is perhaps Panama's foremost expert on the history of the Panamanian State and society’s relationship with its indigenous population.[i] He recounts how 15 or so years ago, after a ...

Panama, the Comarca, and the Kuna

February 22, 2013
Panama, the Comarca, and the Kuna
Benjamin Goodman
Panama has been globally recognized for its relatively enlightened treatment of its indigenous peoples since it became a State in 1903.[i] The economic dependency of Panama to its geographic ...

The Panamanian Timber Industry

February 21, 2013
The Panamanian Timber Industry
Benjamin Goodman
In one of my first inquiries into the Panamanian Timber industry, I was informed that the industry has “partes...blancas y partes oscuras," literally "white parts, and black parts," referring to the ...