CPT places violence-reduction teams in crisis situations and militarized areas around the world at the invitation of local peace and human rights workers. CPT embraces the vision of unarmed intervention waged by committed peacemakers ready to risk injury and death in bold attempts to transform lethal conflict through the nonviolent power of God’s truth and love.
Indigenous Peoples Solidarity
A periodic presence since February 1999. Team members help reduce violence directed at First Nations communities resisting industrial activity (i.e. logging, mining, fishing) in their territories without their consent.
A continuing presence since February 2001. Through fasting, public prayer, and nonviolent action, team members support threatened communities, primarily in the Magdalena Medio region, working for a peaceful end to Colombia’s 50-year-old civil war.
A continuing presence since October 2002. Team members accompanied the Iraqi people in the period leading up to the U.S.-led invasion, during the “shock and awe” bombing of Baghdad, and throughout the occupation. Following the 2005 Baghdad kidnapping of four CPTers, in which full-time worker Tom Fox was killed, the team's focus shifted to the northern Kurdish region where members continue to expose abuses and support Iraqis committed to nonviolent resistance.
A continuing presence in the Hebron District (West Bank) since June 1995. Team members stand with Palestinians and Israeli peace groups engaged in nonviolent opposition to Israeli military occupation, collective punishment, settler harassment, home demolitions and land confiscation.
CPT has sent peacemaker delegations and small teams on a seasonal or periodic basis to:
- Democratic Republic of Congo - supporting human rights workers and victims of violence in the world's deadliest conflict since WWII
- US/Mexico Borderlands - addressing the violence of immigration policies which result in hundreds of migrant deaths in the desert each summer
- Kenora, Ontario, Canada - supporting local groups confronting racist violence against Aboriginal people
CPT has maintained violence-reduction teams in:
- Gaza (1993)
- Haiti (1993-1997)
- Washington, DC (1994-1996)
- Bosnia (1996)
- Chechnya (1996)
- Richmond, VA (1997-1999)
- Chiapas, Mexico (1998-2001)
- Pierre, South Dakota (1999-2000)
- Esgenoôpetitj First Nation [Burnt Church, NB] (2000-2002)
- Vieques, Puerto Rico (2000-2003)
- Indian Brook, NS (2001)
- Oneida, NY (2002-2003)
- Bear Butte, SD (2006)