On October 6th, 2009 former CJA Executive Director Pamela Merchant gave follow up testimony on recommendations for U.S. human rights policy. CJA urged Congress to press for the indictment on human rights charges of 17 Colombian paramilitary leaders currently indicted for drug trafficking, and suggested new legislation to codify crimes against humanity and extrajudicial killing as crimes under U.S. law.
No Safe Haven, Part I: Testimony of CJA Executive Director Pamela Merchant, November 14, 2007
In 2007, former CJA Executive Director Pamela Merchant testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law. The hearing, “No Safe Haven: Accountability for Human Rights Violators in the U.S.”, examined what could be done on the level of policy, legislation and enforcement to hold human rights abusers who have settled in the U.S. accountable.