The Julian Cho Society is a non-governmental organization devoted to indigenous rights through research, education, and advocacy in southern Belize. It was founded in 2004 having emerged out of the movement for indigenous land rights. JCS is legally incorporated in Belize as an NGO and is governed by a seven-member Advisory Council. The Society is dedicated to increasing understanding of the history and indigenous cultures of the Toledo District of Belize. They aim to carry forward the legacy of Julian Armando Cho through programs that promote education, justice, and sustainable development.
JCS has an outstanding track record in this work. They have been at the forefront of the struggle for indigenous rights in Belize since 2005. Their victories have included:
advocating and winning debt relief for two adjoining communities
playing a central role in a case brought before the Supreme Court of Belize that affirms indigenous rights to land and resources in Santa Cruz and Conejo
bringing national and international recognition to the cause as a result of diligent work with the media
Furthermore, in November 2007, JCS received the Violence Prevention Fund award for promotion of non-violent social change in Belize.