Seeking Justice for Victims of Human Rights Abuses by Companies: Experiences of US & UK practitioners
October 25th, 2012
October 25th, 2012
October 25, 2012--The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is sponsoring a special event in Venice, CA featuring two leading human rights lawyers: Paul Hoffman (US) and Martyn Day (UK). Paul Hoffman will speak on the Kiobel v. Shell case he argued on October 1 before the US Supreme Court, and its implications for the future of litigation in the US over human rights abuses abroad.
The Judith Lee Stronach Human Rights Award
The Judith Lee Stronach Human Rights Award is given annually to an individual or organization who has made an outstanding contribution to the movement for global justice. The inspiration for this award was Judith Lee Stronach (1943 – 2002) a committed human rights activist who was instrumental in the founding of CJA. The award is presented during CJA's Annual Event.
Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Shell: Human Rights Law at the Crossroads
September 27th, 2012
September 27th, 2012
Join the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and CJA on the eve of the Supreme Court argument in Kiobel v. Shell for a panel discussion, featuring CJA client Carlos Mauricio, about the future of the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), a key and vital tool for holding corporations, governments, and individuals accountable for international human rights violations. Live webstream via CCR website from 12pm to 2pm EDT at http://www.ccrjustice.org/get-involved/calendar/kiobel-royal-dutch-shell-human-rights-law-crossroads
September 17th, 2012: 5th Annual Dinner in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala, Berkeley, CA
Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala and The Guatemala News and Information Bureau are having their 2012 Annual Dinner on September 17th featuring Fabiola García Galán, Communications Coordinator for the Center for Human Rights Legal Action (CALDH). Follow the link above for more information!
Ambassador Robert White
Robert White served as the U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador during the country's Civil War, where he exposed widespread atrocities committed by the Salvadorian government and military against civilians. After retiring from the Foreign Service in 1981, White served as a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. White joined the Center for International Policy as its President in 1989.
October 27-28, 2011: CJA Second Bi-Annual Client Conference Convenes in San Francisco, CA
This is an opportunity for clients across different CJA cases to come together in the Bay Area and share and reflect on their experiences as part of international justice efforts. A panel discussion open to the public will be held October 27 from 6-8 pm at Congregation Sha'ar Zahav.
October 7 & 9, 2011: Granito Screens at California’s Mill Valley Film Festival
The documentary Granito which features CJA's Guatemala Genocide Case and International Attorney Almudena Bernabeu will be screened twice at the Mill Valley Film Festival. CJA will be the "Presenting Sponsor" for the 5:45 p.m. screening on Sunday, October 9, at the Sequoia Theatre and will host a discussion with the film makers, Pamela Yates and Paco de Onis, after the screening.
September 25, 2011: East Bay Sanctuary Covenant 2011 Annual Dinner
At their Annual Dinner on September 25, 2011, the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant will honor CJA Executive Director Pamela Merchant; Y&H Soda Foundation Executive Director, Bob Uyeki; and, Dream Act Advocates Rocio Preciado and Esme Aguilar, for their service to the immigrant and refugee community. Ms. Merchant will deliver the keynote. EBSC was formed in 1982 to provide refuge to Central Americans fleeing war and persecution, the organization has grown to reach out to immigrants and refugees from over 30 countries from all over the world.
Jose Pablo Baraybar
(CJA) is pleased to announce that Jose Pablo Baraybar, Director of the Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team (EPAF), is the winner of CJA’s 2011 Judith Lee Stronach Human Rights Award for his extraordinary commitment to human rights and his groundbreaking work in forensic anthropology which has been instrumental in the prosecutions of human rights abusers from Peru to the Philippines; from Haiti to Ethiopia.
Helen Mack Chang of The Myrna Mack Foundation
2010 Judith Lee Stronach Human Rights Award Honoree Helen Mack Chang founded the Myrna Mack Foundation in 1993. A Guatemalan businesswoman and human rights activist, she became an outspoken advocate for human fights after her sister, anthropologist Myrna Mack Chang, was assassinated by the Guatemalan military on September 11, 1990.
Mr. Hoffman is a leading human rights and civil liberties attorney of the firm Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris & Hoffman LLP. Mr. Hoffman is one of CJA’s founders and has served as lead counsel on numerous human rights cases in U.S. courts, including the landmark case against Philippine ex- President Ferdinand Marcos. Mr. Hoffman chairs the International Executive Committee of Amnesty International and is the former chair of the ACLU’s International Human Rights Committee.
Long Beach Forum: April 30, 2011
On April 20, 2011, CJA and ASRIC will be holding their second forum for Cambodian survivors in Long Beach, CA. There will be presentations on the Tribunal as well as a discussion about reparations aimed at understanding what the Cambodian community in the United States hopes to learn and gain from the trial. This is an opportunity for the Cambodian community to share their stories of survival with one another as well as voice any questions or concerns about the upcoming trial with attorneys working before the Tribunal.
Nuremberg Film Screening in Bay Area
The Center for Justice and Accountability is proud to co-sponsor the San Francisco Bay Area screenings of the long-suppressed film NUREMBERG (The Schulberg/Waletzky Restoration). CJA attorneys discuss how the "Nuremberg Principles" inform their work on cases of human rights abuse: Natasha Fain at Opera Plaza Cinema, Jan 21, immediately following the 7:10pm screening; Kathy Roberts at Berkeley Shattuck Cinema, Jan 22, immediately following the 7:45pm screening.
Harold Hongju Koh
CJA is pleased to award the 2008 Judith Lee Stronach Human Rights Award to Harold Hongju Koh. Dean Koh is Dean of Yale Law School and Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law. From 1998 to 2001, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. Before joining Yale, he practiced law at Covington and Burling and at the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice. In 2009, Dean Koh was appointed Legal Advisor to the State Department under the Obama Administration.
Bureau Des Avocats Internationaux - The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti
CJA was pleased to award the 2009 Judith Lee Stronach Human Rights Award to CJA partner Bureau Des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and its sister organization in the U.S., The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti.
Survivors' Perspectives on Torture: A Panel Discussion
October 22, 6-8pm, San Francisco -- CJA hosted a panel discussion where, for the first time, CJA clients from all around the world talked about their experiences as part of international justice efforts. We heard their perspectives as survivors of torture, crimes against humanity and other abuses. The forum was organized at the initiative of our clients and other survivors who shared their experiences in the struggle against impunity.
Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company presents: Extraordinary Chambers
June 6-30 in San Diego--Extraordinary Chambers is the story of an American couple who travel to Cambodia for an innocent business trip, and become personally entangled with Khmer Rouge victims and survivors. The genocide, complicity, survival and greed collide in this play that shines a light on the Cambodian experience and asks how far are we willing to go to survive?