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Recent News Articles
Clients' resilience bolsters lawyer's human rights work
by Mary Jo McConahayNational Catholic Reporter
October 11th, 2014
A profile on Pamela Merchant and her work with CJA over the past nine years. From the landmark Supreme Court case Samantar v. Yousuf to CJA’s current case against one of the alleged perpetrators of Víctor Jara’s death, writer Mary Jo McConahay traces Merchant’s impact on the organization and her dogged pursuit of justice for victims of human rights abuses.
Spain court upholds jurisdiction in 1989 El Salvador massacre case
by Alison SacriponteJurist
October 7th, 2014
The Criminal Chambers of the Spanish National Court decided unanimously Monday that Spain has jurisdiction to investigate the November 16, 1989, massacre of the Jesuits at the Central American University and their two employees as a crime against humanity after a reversal of legislation that had prevented Spanish jurisdiction over international crimes.
After death of Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier, calls for justice remain in Haiti
by Jim Wyss and Jacqueline CharlesThe Miami Herald
October 4th, 2014
When Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier made a surprising return to Haiti in 2011 after a quarter-century in exile, some hoped the aging dictator would finally have to answer for the abuses of his regime. Instead, as one human rights activist said after news of Duvalier’s death on Saturday, he “cheated justice.”

Recent Press Releases
Second Trial Against Former Khmer Rouge Leaders Begins
October 17th, 2014
The second trial against former Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan began on October 17, 2014. The trial will address a wider scope of charges against the two leaders, including genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and forced marriage. This will be the final trial against the two senior leaders. To learn more about the trial, click here.
CJA Announces New Executive Director
Human rights leader Dixon Osburn has been named the new Executive Director of CJA. We are excited to welcome Dixon, an experienced, visionary leader with a long-life passion for, and commitment to, human rights. Dixon has more than 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, leader, manager, political strategist, and fundraiser. Click here to read more.
"Baby Doc" Duvalier Dead at 63: Death Cheats Justice
October 6th, 2014
Notorious Haiti dictator "Baby Doc" Duvalier died on October 4, 2014. His death cuts short a long overdue trial for crimes against humanity that held a glimmer of hope for his victims. Under Duvalier’s command, an estimated 300 to 4,000 political prisoners were held incommunicado in a network of prisons. Many died from torture, starvation, denial of medical care, or summary execution. With Duvalier’s death, his prosecution in Haiti will no doubt be closed, but Haiti’s reckoning with its troubled past must not end. Click here to read more.