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Recent News Articles
The New York Times: Former Defendant in CJA Case Can be Deported
March 12th, 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.
Deportation Upheld Of Salvadoran Ex-Official For Torture, Killings
by Suzanne GamboaNBC News
March 11th, 2015
An immigration appeals panel has upheld the deportation order of a former El Salvador defense minister who oversaw the torture and killings of thousands of civilians during that country's bloody civil war.
CJA Executive Director Dixon Osburn in The New York Times
by Dixon OsburnThe New York Times
March 9th, 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.

Recent Press Releases
Supreme Court Upholds Torture, Crimes Against Humanity Decision Against Former Somali Warlord, Virginia Resident
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.
Sri Lanka’s Witness Protection Law Step Forward for Accountability
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
February 18th, 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.