Monday, March 17, 2014
McGuinn Hall, Room 121
Join the Center for a screening of the film Harvest of Empire: the Untold Story of Latinos in America. Based on the book, “Harvest of Empire,” by award-winning journalist Juan González, the film is a feature-length documentary that examines the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today.
The filmtakes an unflinching look at the role that U.S. economic and military interests played in triggering an unprecedented wave of migration that is transforming our nation’s cultural and economic landscape. From the wars for territorial expansion that gave the U.S. control of Puerto Rico, Cuba and more than half of Mexico, to the covert operations that imposed oppressive military regimes in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador, Harvest of Empire unveils a moving human story that is largely unknown to the great majority of citizens in the U.S. as Juan González says at the beginning of the film, “They never teach us in school that the huge Latino presence here is a direct result of our own government’s actions in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America over many decades — actions that forced millions from that region to leave their homeland and journey north.” Harvest of Empire provides a rare and powerful glimpse into the enormous sacrifices and rarely-noted triumphs of our nation’s growing Latino community.
Light refreshments will be served. For more on Harvest of Empire, see its website here.
Monday, March 24, 2014
McGuinn Hall, Room 121
Boston College Law School Ropes and Gray Conference Center (East Wing Room 115)
JBC will be hosting Richard Ross, Distinguished Professor of Art, University of California at Santa Barbara, award-winning photographer and author of "Juveniles-In-Justice" on March 24th. Ross will discuss his work and photography with the Boston College community.
The event, cosponsored by the Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice, the Boston College Arts and Social Responsibility Project, and the Citizens for Juvenile Justice (CFJJ) is closely connected to the release of two important reports on detention reform in Massachusetts that same week by CFJJ (www.cfjj.org). CFJJ advocates for a fair and effective Juvenile justice system in Massachusetts and is playing a significant role in raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction and in the Supreme Judicial Court decisions on finding life without parole unconstitutional for juveniles in MA.
More on the “Juvenile-In-Justice” project, including photographs and more, may be viewed on its website http://www.juvenile-in-justice.com/
Monday, March 31, 2014
Fulton Honors Library, Fulton Hall
In September 2013, the Archbishop of San Salvador suddenly closed Tutela Legal, the Archdiocese's human rights legal aid office, saying it no longer had a reason to exist. The victims Tutela Legal worked with raised an outcry, along with human rights organizations nationally and internationally – highlighting the ongoing deep need for truth and justice. Tutela Legal accompanied victims of horrendous human rights violations from its founding in 1983 until the moment of its closure, representing major cases of violation in national and international courts and promoting human rights education. The lawyers of Tutela Legal have founded a new, independent organization to carry on this work. Tutela Legal is one of eight member organizations of the Pro-Historical Memory Commission that struggle alongside the victims for justice.
Twenty-two years after the Peace Accords and U.N. Truth Commission Report, Salvadorans struggle to build true peace in a society steeped in violence and impunity. While victims of human rights violations have worked tirelessly for truth, justice, and reparations, accompanied by the Pro-Historical Memory Commission, the current government of President Mauricio Funes has been the first to acknowledge and apologize for the active role of the government in repressing, disappearing, and massacring civilians, and to take initial steps towards reparations. The 1993 amnesty law continues to block the road to justice.
Wilfredo Medrano, with Tutela Legal María Julia Hernández, worked as a lawyer with Tutela Legal for over twenty years, accompanying the victims of the El Mozote massacre and many other cases of human rights violations.
Dolores Hernandez, Pro-Historical Memory Commission, is an active member of CODEFAM, the Committee of Relatives of Victims of Human Rights Violations, and writes songs and poems for justice. During the war, government security forces forcibly disappeared Dolores´ husband, four siblings, and ten nieces and nephews.
Bethany Loberg, SHARE El Salvador, is a native of Salem, OR, and has lived and worked in El Salvador for over four years and currently accompanies SHARE’s human rights work.
The Pro-Historical Memory Commission is a coalition of human rights organizations working for truth, justice, and reparations for grave human rights violations during the armed conflict in El Salvador. Eight organizations form the commission: three committees of the mothers and relatives of the disappeared: CODEFAM, COMADRES and COMAFAC, Pro-Busqueda, which searches for disappeared children, Tutela Legal, FESPAD, an organization of lawyers working for human rights, the Salvadoran Human Rights Commission (CDHES), and the Madeleine Lagadec Human Rights Promotion Center. Each organization specializes in different areas, from accompanying family members of the disappeared in their healing processes to exhuming massacre sites, documenting abuses and taking cases to trial. Together they present a united voice for truth, justice and reparations.
SHARE currently supports the Pro-Historical Memory Commission in their work to attend to victims and build societies’ awareness of victims' rights and the need for truth, justice, and reparations, bring six cases of forced disappearance, two cases of torture and one case of a massacre to justice, and pressure the government to enact a policy of reparations. SHARE also supports Tutela Legal Dra. María Julia Hernandez as they re-establish themselves as an independent organization and continue to accompany the victims of the El Mozote, Sumpul, and Quezera massacres and ongoing human rights violations, and promote human rights education.
Goals of the tour:
- Raise awareness of the ongoing impact of human rights violations during the war, especially forced disappearance, murder and massacres of civilians, and the still urgent need for truth, justice and reparations
- Share the Pro-Historical Memory Commission and Tutela Legal Dra. María Julia Hernandez’s work for justice, and raise funds for this work. Envisioned is a $20,000 project for a national advocacy campaign including large mobilizations calling for truth, justice and reparations, press conferences, and commemorative events, trauma healing workshops with victims, and to maintain lawyers working to bring cases of forced disappearance, massacre, and torture to trial in El Salvador.
- Invite U.S. communities to join us in the campaign for truth, justice, and reparations in El Salvador
- Call participants to journey to El Salvador for a 2015 delegation in honor of the 35th anniversary of Monseñor Romero´s martyrdom
- Gather signatures for petitions in support of El Salvador and the U.S. signing the Convention Against Forced Disappearance and for El Salvador to decree the 30th of August the Day Against Forced Disappearance.