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CJA's Annual Dinner: Celebrating Global Justice

CJA's Annual Dinner was held on May 7, 2015. Thank you to our sponsors and supporters who made this event such a resounding success. Read more...

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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.

Watch Video: CJA Premieres New Video

05/14/2015: CJA premiered a new video at our 17th Anniversary Dinner. This video describes CJA’s pursuit of justice and accountability through the moving testimony of our clients. Click here to view the video.

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.

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.

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."

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.