A Toast to Justice, CJA's Young Professionals' Committee for Human Rights 2nd Annual Fundraiser
12/03/2015: Join CJA's Young Professionals for Human Rights for their second-annual holiday fundraiser, A Toast to Justice on December 3rd at SomArts Cultural Center in San Francisco.
CJA Letter and Statement on Lack of Due Process in Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal
11/13/2015: CJA requests that the Bangladeshi Supreme Court order retrials in the cases of Mr. Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Mr. Salauddin Quader Chowdhury as it is clear that the International Crimes Tribunal failed to afford them a fair trial.
CJA Welcomes Anti-Torture Legislation
10/08/2015: CJA welcomes language in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), approved by the Senate this week, that establishes that no agency may engage in torture, and all agencies are bound by the interrogation tactics identified in the Army Field Manual. Click here to view our press release.
Almudena Bernabeu and CJA Receive Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award
10/06/2015: On October 6, Almudena Bernabeu and CJA received the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award for our successful prosecution of several of the worst Latin American perpetrators of crimes against humanity.
CJA Drink + Think: Immigrant Rights as Human Rights
10/01/2015: This panel discussion, held on October 1, explored the human rights implications of the backlash against Sanctuary City policies. The event featured SF Supervisor David Campos, Maria Echaveste from UC Berkeley, and Grisel Ruiz from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. Click here to view photos from the event.
CJA Sends Letter to Ambassador Harper Supporting U.S. Resolution on Sri Lanka before the UN Human Rights Council
09/23/2015: CJA sends letter to Ambassador Keith M. Harper, U.S. Representative to the U.N. Human Rights Council, as first draft of U.S.-led resolution on Sri Lanka in presented before the UN Human Rights Council. Click here to read the letter.
The Guardian: Lawsuit could establish end to prosecution of war criminals living in US
09/15/2015: Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to hear CJA case against war criminal living in Virginia. Court to rule on Alien Tort Statute, legislation widely used to prosecute human rights abuses.
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to Review Standards for Accountability for Torture, War Crimes
09/04/2015: CJA and pro bono co-counsel DLA Piper presented oral argument in an appeal before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Warfaa v. Ali, a case brought by a Somali torture survivor against the responsible war criminal currently living in Virginia.
National Catholic Reporter: Former colonel faces extradition for charges of plotting Jesuits' slayings
08/24/2015: Former Salvadoran Col. Inocente Orlando Montano sat in an orange jumpsuit in a North Carolina courtroom Aug. 19 as a federal judge considered his fate.
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.
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.
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.
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.