The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), the Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF), and the Open Society Justice Initiative are pleased to invite you to
New Models for Combatting Impunity in Latin America: The Experience of CICIG, MACCIH, and GIEI
Thursday, March 23, 2017
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
1155 15th Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005
With opening remarks by
Senior Program Officer, DPLF
Senior Associate for Citizen Security, WOLA
Political Officer, CICIG
Former member of GIEI – Ayotzinapa
Jan Michael Simon
International Criminal Law Expert
Director of Advocacy, Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights
James A. Goldston
Executive Director, Open Society Justice Initiative
A livestream of the event will be available here. A light lunch will be served.
Please RSVP to [email protected].
The International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), established with United Nations (UN) support, has enabled the prosecution of top state officials involved in corruption or organized crime cases; in Mexico, the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts for Ayotzinapa (GIEI) created through an agreement between the government, the victims, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), helped raise awareness of the flaws in the investigation of the disappearance of 43 students of “Isidro Burgos” Teachers Training College in the State of Guerrero; and most recently, the OAS supported the creation of the Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH).
Based on these experiences, this event aims to discuss the role of international law in the fight against impunity in Latin America, as well as analyze the challenges and lessons that could be implemented in future, similar efforts in the region.