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Latin American Studies

Title

The Jesuit Massacre in El Salvador: Prospects for Justice, 20 Years Later

Event Start DateTuesday, October 27, 2009
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
Event Start Time7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
CostCost: Free
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On November 16, 1989, during a rebel offensive that proved a turning point during El Salvador’s 12-year civil war, the Salvadoran military entered the Universidad Centroamericana José Simeon Cañas (UCA) in El Salvador and murdered the rector, five other Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter.  Twenty years later, the San Francisco-based Center for Justice and Accountability filed a criminal case in Madrid against former Salvadoran president and commander in chief of the Armed Forces, Alfredo Cristiani Burkard, and 14 former officers and soldiers of the Salvadoran Army for their role in the massacre.  The case was filed in Spain using the country’s universal jurisdiction law.

Carlos Mauricio, a former professor at the University of El Salvador and himself a survivor of police torture in El Salvador, who successfully sued the generals responsible for his torture, will speak about the Jesuit massacre case.  The Rev. Marta Benavides , a Salvadoran human rights activist who worked closely with martyred Archbishop Oscar Romero, and is a 2009 participant in IPJ’s Woman PeaceMaker program, will provide comments from her own experience in the area of historical memory.   

Sponsored by Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice with co-sponsors Community Service-Learning, University Ministry and Survivors of Torture, International

ContactJoan B. Kroc Institute For Peace & Justice | ipj@sandiego.edu | 619-260-7509