Aluna Psychosocial Accompaniment is a Mexican NGO established in 2013 which arose from a context of deteriorating political violence following the implementation of the so-called “war on drug-trafficking” beginning in 2006.

The psychosocial perspective developed by Aluna attempts to address the impacts among individuals and collectives who have been subjected to sociopolitical violence, strengthen their resistance strategies and understand the causes which give rise to sociopolitical violence. 

Working on mental health from a human rights perspective, it has the goal of helping HRDs and other political actors (victims’ organisations, indigenous and campesino communities) fortify their capacities for security and psychological well-being, their institutions, and their political projects in order to continue their efforts and contribute to positive social transformation and the search for a dignified life.


To the Kogui, an indigenous ethnic group that lives in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia, "Aluna" is their creator figure, who they believe is the force behind nature. Aluna's logo is a "mola", a hand-made textile that forms part of the traditional women's clothing of the Kuna people from Panamá and Colombia.

More infos on Aluna here.

In Mexico, being a human rights defender (HRD) means challenging the ideological, economic, political-military, and psychological strategy that has been laid out by the Mexican State and by factual powers (such as companies organized crime), a strategy through which violence and repression against dissident groups and social movements are exercised on a regular basis.

Moreover, being a woman HRD involves challenging the n...

April 1, 2020

CIVICUS is a global alliance of civil society organisations and activists dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Civicus has started collecting information, resources, and support to help connect and inform the alliance and civil society.

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March 26, 2020

As many human rights defenders are already using their home as an office - or they will be soon - Front Line Defenders has collected some ideas and learning around the challenges of this modality of work.

There is not a "one size fits all" solution, but these tips can serve as an inspiration to reflect on your particular situation and think about how you can best protect yourself and your physical space, take care of your well-...

Promoted by JASS and Aluna, this publication presents the results of a dialogue about fear among more than 30 Women HRDs from Central America. The possibility of interweaving our ideas and emotions allowed us to carry out a collective construction of women defenders, in which we can identify, in order to understand, the different types of violence, harm, and impacts that we have suffered, but also to recognize the many and var...

The series “Keys towards Psychosocial Accompaniment” is a collective product of a round of worshops held in Mexico between 2014 and 2015.

Aluna convened a small group of human rights defenders who accompany victims of sociopolitical violence in Mexico to conduct study seminars on the psychosocial

We developed this booklets to provide concepts, objectives, contexts, examples and tools of psychosocial accompaniment to ad...

The psychosocial approach has proved itself to be a strategic tool to strengthen victims, organizations and civil society in general affected by sociopolitical violence in Latin America.

In June 2017, organizations from Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico gathered in Mexico City to talk about the challenges and perspectives the psychosocial approach faces nowadays in Latin America.

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Moving away from the western psychology conceptualization of individual trauma, Martín-Baró developed the concept of "psychosocial trauma" to explain trauma as a societal wound rather than an intra-psychic feature and to draw attention to the fact that the whole nation's  social fabric was injured by oppression.

Consequently, individually based interventions that address only the needs of a few individuals among those affected...

Elizabeth Lira is a psychotherapist, psychosocial researcher, and international advocate in the field of mental health and human rights.

Based on clinical experience with victims of human rights violations, along with María Isabel Castillo, Lira published this work where they analyzed how human rights violations in the context of state-sponsored violence create a culture of death, terror, and violence, and the consequences rema...

Ignacio Martín-Baró was a social psychologist, philosopher and Jesuit priest, whose work inspired the development of liberation psychology in Latin America. 

He was killed by the Salvadorian Army in 1989.

In this article, he presents the case of El Salvador, analyzing the psychosocial impacts war has on the population. According to Martín-Baró, while both dirty and  psychological war allow the achievement of the same object...

On May, 13th 2019,  at the School of Social Work of San Francisco State University, Aluna and PBI (Mexico Project) discussed the current human rights situation in Mexico and the challenges and next steps around accompaniment/support for local human rights defenders in various regions of Mexico.

Watch the presentation here.

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