CJA Supports FIRST Freedom Act
07/30/2015: CJA writes letter supporting bill that will help hold accountable perpetrators of religious persecution. The FIRST Freedom Act is an important tool to prosecute violators of religious freedom who are living here.
The Guardian: CJA Prepares for Jara Trial
07/23/2015: CJA International Attorney Almudena Bernabeu is interviewed about CJA's preparations for the Florida trial against the Pinochet officer who participated in the murder of Victor Jara. “We are gearing up for a trial. I am gathering evidence and interviewing [former] members of the Chilean military," she said.
Important Human Rights Remedies at Stake in Mamani v. Berzain
06/18/2015: CJA along with pro bono co-counsel Ropes & Gray LLP submitted an amicus brief to the Eleventh Circuit addressing human rights remedies at stake in the Center for Constitutional Rights' case Mamani v. Berzain. This blog post by Jonathan Schmidt and attorneys from Ropes & Gray LLP analyzes the human rights remedies at stake and outlines the arguments in our amicus brief.
Senate Votes to Approve Torture Amendment
06/16/2015: The U.S. Senate votes for amendment banning the U.S. from ever again subjecting prisoners to brutal interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, “rectal feeding” and other practices. Click here to read more.
Wall Street Journal: Letter to the Editor
06/11/2015: CJA Executive Director C. Dixon Osburn notes that two former Reagan administration officials' objection to the recent deportation of former Salvadoran defense minister Gen. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova is misguided.
Watch Video: Nuremberg Prosecutor Ferencz Discusses CJA
06/04/2015: This video premiered at CJA's 2015 Annual Dinner. Nuremberg prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz discusses CJA's work and the pursuit of justice.
Op-ed: Bring archbishop’s killers to justice
05/26/2015: CJA Executive Director Dixon Osburn reflects on the beatification of Oscar Romero on May 23 in an op-ed in The Miami Herald. Click here to read more.
CJA International Attorney's Open Letter to Salvadoran President Sánchez Cerén
05/21/2015: Para Monseñor Romero la verdadera paz, la que une a los pueblos y garantiza su desarrollo, solo será posible a través de garantizar la Justicia. Click here to read more.
Op-ed: 6 Reasons Why Accountability in Sri Lanka Matters
05/20/2015: Six years after the war’s end, CJA Legal Fellow Mytili Bala presents six reasons why accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity remains critical. Click here to read more.
Accountability in Sri Lanka: 100-Day Report Card
05/19/2015: CJA Legal Fellow Mytili Bala analyzes Sirisena's first 100 days in office--the progress made toward truth and justice and concerns that remain. Click here to read more.
Watch Video: CJA Premieres New Video
05/14/2015: CJA premiered a new video at our 17th Anniversary Dinner. This video describes CJA’s pursuit of justice and accountability through the moving testimony of our clients. Click here to view the video.
Extradition Hearing for Colonel Montano Scheduled
05/12/2015: On May 7, 2015, a federal judge scheduled the extradition hearing of ex-Salvadoran colonel Inocente Orlando Montano, who conspired with other high commanders to murder six Jesuit priests, a housekeeper, and her teenaged daughter in El Salvador in 1989. Click here to read more.
CJA Provides Recommendations for Secretary Kerry's Visit to Sri Lanka
05/01/2015: In connection with his upcoming visit to Sri Lanka on May 2, CJA sent a letter to Secretary John Kerry offering constructive recommendations for continued U.S. engagement on human rights and accountability. Click here to read more.
Víctor Jara Case Moves Forward on Claims of Torture and Extrajudicial Killing
04/14/2015: On April 14, 2015, a U.S. District Court ordered that CJA's case against the killer of famous Chilean folksinger Víctor Jara will move forward on claims of torture and extrajudicial killing. Click here to read more.
CJA Adopts New Strategic Plan
04/09/2015: CJA’s Board of Directors adopted a bold new strategic plan in April 2015 to reflect the three pillars underlying CJA’s efforts to advance human rights: litigation, policy and transitional justice.
Ex-Salvadoran Colonel Accused in Jesuit Massacre Faces Extradition to Spain to Stand Trial for Human Rights Violations
04/08/2015: The U.S. government filed a request seeking the extradition to Spain of Colonel Inocente Orlando Montano, the former Vice Minister of Public Safety in El Salvador, for his role in the 1989 Jesuit massacre, in which six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper, and her daughter were murdered in San Salvador.
Former Salvadoran General Vides Casanova Deported from the U.S.
04/08/2015: General Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, the former Defense Minister of El Salvador who was found liable for human rights violations during the country’s civil war in the 1980s, was deported to El Salvador after living as a legal resident in Florida for over 25 years.
The New York Times: Former Defendant in CJA Case Can be Deported
03/12/2015: On March 11, 2015, the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals dismissed General Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova’s appeal to cancel his removal from the United States for having ordered the torture and extrajudicial killings of civilians in El Salvador, including the torture of CJA clients Dr. Juan Romagoza Arce and Mr. Pedro Daniel Alvarado. Read more in this New York Times article.
CJA's Carolyn Patty Blum Analyzes Board of Immigration Appeals' Decision Regarding Removal of Vides Casanova
03/12/2015: The Board of Immigration Appeals, the highest administrative review authority for the US Immigration Courts, has upheld the removal order for Vides Casanova in a case published as a precedent decision. As precedent, it now controls future rulings by Immigration Judges on similar issues nationwide.
Supreme Court Upholds Crimes Against Humanity Decision Against Somali Warlord
03/09/2015: Supreme Court lets stand a ruling awarding CJA clients $21 million in damages for torture, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other human rights abuses committed by former Somali Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Mohamed Ali Samantar.
CJA Executive Director Dixon Osburn in The New York Times
03/09/2015: Letter to the editor urges Sri Lanka to engage directly with the United Nations investigation and facilitate open and secure engagement for victims in conflict-affected areas. It should immediately appoint an independent prosecutor, autonomous from the attorney general, to investigate past crimes, as Sri Lanka’s own 1994 and 1998 disappearances commissions have recommended.
CJA Staff Attorney Scott Gilmore in The New York Times
03/06/2015: CJA Staff Attorney Scott Gilmore's letter to The New York Times regarding the recent deportation of Bosnian war criminals calls on the Justice Department to step up prosecutions: "While commendable, treating war crimes as an immigration matter falls short of our international obligations. What is missing is criminal justice."
Family of Víctor Jara Seeks Truth for 1973 Killing Under Pinochet
02/18/2015: CJA filed a brief yesterday in our historic case Jara v. Barrientos, accepting the defendant’s motion to set aside a default judgment and agreeing not to oppose the removal of the default judgment against former Pinochet Lieutenant Pedro Pablo Barrientos Nuñez, accused of torturing and killing Chilean folksinger and activist Víctor Jara. The family of Mr. Jara welcomed Barrientos’s motion, which, if granted, would allow the case to proceed to a full trial and bring to light the events that transpired surrounding their loved one’s death. Click here to read more.
Torture Victims from Abu Ghraib Should Have Their Day in Court
02/06/2015: CJA urges federal district court Judge Gerald Bruce Lee to hear claims by four Iraqi citizens about torture inflicted on them by U.S. military contractor CACI Premier Technology, Inc. Click here to read more in our press release and click here to read more about CJA's involvement in this case.
Victory in Guatemala Court Serves as Model for Justice
01/20/2015: CJA welcomes the news that yesterday, after a trial that lasted a few months, a Guatemalan court found ex-police chief Pedro Garcia Arredondo guilty of murder, attempted murder and crimes against humanity for the 1980 massacre of 37 people at the Spanish Embassy in Guatemala during Guatemala’s civil war. Click here to read more.