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.
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."
CJA is Hiring! Senior Staff Attorney or Staff Attorney
02/27/2015: CJA is pleased to announce that we are searching to fill a new staff position for Staff or Senior Staff Attorney to litigate and investigate impact cases on behalf of survivors of torture and other severe human rights abuses. Click here to read more.
Sri Lanka’s Witness Protection Law Step Forward for Accountability
02/20/2015: CJA welcomes news that Sri Lanka has adopted a witness protection law. The announcement comes days after the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights agreed to temporarily delay until September a U.N. report on human rights abuses in Sri Lanka during and immediately following its 26-year civil war. Click here to read more.
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.
Watch Video: CJA International Attorney Discusses the Jara Case
01/15/2015: International Attorney Almudena Bernabeu is interviewed about CJA's work with the case against one of the alleged perpetrators of Víctor Jara's death (video in Spanish).
Op-ed: Letting a war criminal off the hook
01/14/2015: With the recent capture of LRA commander Dominic Ongwen, CJA Executive Director Dixon Osburn discusses the United States's inability to criminally prosecute a war criminal in its custody.
Sri Lankans Vote for Change
01/13/2015: On January 8, 2015, Maithripala Sirisena defeated incumbent Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sirisena, who served as Health Minister and acting Minister of Defense under Rajapaksa, ran on a platform of good governance and the rule of law. The road to reconciliation and accountability, though, remains challenging. Click here to read more.
Declaration of Archbishop Romero's Martyrdom Powerful Step for Honoring Human Rights Leader
01/09/2015: CJA applauds the news that Vatican theologians reportedly have declared Archbishop Óscar Romero a martyr, a move which is seen as a step towards beatification. Click here to read more.
Congress Should Pass Proposed Legislation to Ban Torture
01/06/2015: CJA welcomes Senator Feinstein's proposed legislation to deter torture by the United States outlined in a letter sent to President Obama. CJA's Executive Director Dixon Osburn said, "The United States strives to ensure that dictators and terrorists around the globe do not commit crimes against humanity, including torture; the United States should live up to those standards at home." Click here to read more.
Genocide Trial of Guatemalan Military Dictator Should Proceed Expeditiously
01/05/2015: The genocide trial against former Guatemalan military dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt resumed briefly on January 5, 2015. The court suspended the trial after one of the judges recused herself. CJA stands with the Mayan-Ixil community and calls on the court to resume the trial expeditiously. Click here to read more.
CJA Featured in KQED Forum on Torture Report
12/10/2014: CJA Executive Director Dixon Osburn discusses the Senate Intelligence Committee's recent release of the Torture Report executive summary, which describes the CIA's disturbing post-9/11 interrogation program. Click here to listen to the full interview on KQED Forum with Michael Krasny.
CJA Staff Attorney Nushin Sarkarati Speaks at UN Event
12/10/2014: CJA Staff Attorney Nushin Sarkarati took part in a panel discussion on victim participation in criminal proceedings at a side event for the Assembly of State Parties at the UN headquarters in New York. Drawing on CJA's long history of representing victims directly in universal jurisdiction claims, Sarkarati explained how victim participation and testimony is essential to understanding the full breadth of human rights abuse and how participation in justice mechanisms is an integral part of the healing process for victim communities.