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CJA's 18th Anniversary Dinner

05/12/2016: CJA's Annual Dinner will honor Stephen Rapp, former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues. Other special guests to be announced.

An Evening with Nicholas Opiyo - Feb. 25th

02/25/2016: A Happy Hour Dialogue Co-Sponsored by CJA's Young Professionals' Committee for Human Rights and the Human Rights Watch Young Professionals Network

Fourth Circuit Denies Immunity to Former Somali War Criminal

02/01/2016: Fourth Circuit rules in Warfaa v. Ali that Colonel Yusuf Abdi Ali is not immune from suit for the torture and attempted murder of CJA client Farhan Mohamoud Tani Warfaa.

Human Rights Groups Oppose Parole for Haitian Death Squad Leader Convicted of Mortgage Fraud in New York

01/27/2016: Emmanuel “Toto” Constant, leader of Haitian paramilitary “FRAPH,” could be released as soon as June 2016, having served less than one third of his sentence.

Former Salvadoran Minister of Defense General Garcia Removed from the United States

01/08/2016: General José Guillermo García, 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 removed to El Salvador after living as a legal resident in Florida for over 25 years.

Justice Department Releases Board Decision on Garcia Removal

12/22/2015: After The New York Times filed an FOIA request, the U.S. Department of Justice released the Board of Immigration Appeals' decision regarding the removal of former Salvadoran Defense Minister General Garcia.

Spanish Judge Re-Issues Request for the Arrest of Military Officials

12/21/2015: Spanish National Court Judge Eloy Velasco has re-issued a request for international arrest warrants for more than a dozen former Salvadoran military officials for their involvement in the murder of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter in El Salvador in 1989.

Board Upholds Decision to Remove Former Salvadoran Minister of Defense from the U.S.

12/16/2015: Board rules that former Salvadoran Minister of Defense General José Guillermo García can be removed from the United States for his role in some of the most heinous human rights crimes committed in El Salvador in the 1980s.

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 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.