The first meeting of leaders from Nicaraguan organizations and groups took place from November 10-11, 2018 in Washington, D.C.  The meeting was co-hosted by NFC with the Alianza Democrática Nicaraguense (ADN) and supported by Corner of Love.

A number of Nicaraguan groups and organizations from across the US, Canada, Costa Rica and other countries attended, as well as civic leaders and politicians from the following organizations:

Alianza Cívica para la Justicia y Democracia, Alianza Universitaria Nicaragüense, FAD, IEEP, Hagamos Democracia, Fundación Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, Movimiento Campesino, Articulación de Movimientos Sociales

The participating organizations became founding organizations of the NFC Coalition, including those that participated virtually.

The meeting offered a platform to unite various groups working for change in Nicaragua while addressing the sociopolitical and economic crisis facing the country.

The objectives of the meeting were to share information, increase recognition, and to network between the leaders of the Nicaraguan groups abroad, leaders who are in exile, and those fighting within Nicaragua. Discussion focused on ways for coordination, collaboration, and consensus to confront the escalation of repression within Nicaragua.

The Meeting ended by adopting a resolution pertaining to joint actions that would allow the return of democracy and respond to the needs caused by the crisis, including assistance to victims and political prisoners and those in exile.

Lectures and roundtable discussion focused on:

  1. The current situation in Nicaragua, particularly the human rights situation, including visions from within, challenges and opportunities for change.
  2. The role of the Nicaraguan diaspora in the US and the world and where it fits in the struggle toward freedom and democratic change in Nicaragua, including culture as a tool to denounce and influence, such as journalism, education, and music.
  3. The evaluation of participating groups, specifically major achievements, challenges, and future actions.
  4. Nicaragua as seen by the U.S. Administration, Congress and public opinion, as well as Nicaragua before the international community and international institutions, specifically the OAS and the UN.