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Seeking Justice after the Dictator Falls

  • Dr. Victoria Sanford.
    Dr. Victoria Sanford.

Location: Hynson Lounge

March 03, 2015
Human rights legal expert and consultant Victoria Sanford will speak March 3 about the prosecution of crimes committed under Latin American dictatorships.

CHESTERTOWN, MD— Victoria Sanford, a scholar and consultant on human rights, will speak Tuesday, March 3, at Washington College about the legal follow-up to crimes committed under Latin American dictatorships in the 1970s and ’80s.

Sanford’s talk, “Challenging Impunity in Domestic Courts: Human Rights Prosecutions in Latin America,” will take place at 7:00 p.m. in Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall, on the College campus. The event is free and open to the public. 

Drawing on two decades of experience working on human rights cases, Sanford will discuss successful prosecutions in Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Guatemala, as well as the precedent-setting international human rights cases in the Spanish national court. She also will address the role of “truth commissions” and the international community in securing justice for victims of dictatorships. 

Sanford teaches anthropology at Lehman College, where she is founder and director of the Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies. She earned her doctorate in anthropology from Stanford University and studied human-rights law at Stanford’s law school and at the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights in Costa Rica. She has written four books, including Buried Secrets: Truth and Human Rights in Guatemala (2003) and is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a Bunting Peace Fellowship at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, a United States Institute for Peace grant, a Fulbright Teaching/Research Award, and a Rockefeller Fellowship, among others. 

Sanford served as an expert witness on the Guatemalan genocide before Judge Santiago Pedraz in the Spanish National Court’s international genocide case against the Guatemalan generals. 

Her talk is sponsored by the College’s Louis L. Goldstein ’35 Program in Public Affairs. For more information, visit the calendar of events at https://www.washcoll.edu.

– Catalina Righter ’17

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