Universities, the U.S. and the Right to Truth in Postwar El Salvador

Angelina Snodgrass Godoy

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Friday, October 7, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm | CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

El Salvador's Supreme Court chamber in the Palacio Nacional. (Photo by Raul Arias.)
El Salvador's Supreme Court chamber in the Palacio Nacional. (Photo by Raul Arias.)

In July 2016, El Salvador's Supreme Court overturned an amnesty law, which had for 23 years blocked prosecutions in cases of crimes against humanity committed during the war. Yet formidable challenges remain, and have emerged as more acute than ever in public discussions after the court's decision. Drawing on five years of engaged research partnerships with Salvadoran human rights defenders, Godoy explores how grassroots efforts in El Salvador may yet offer new lessons about truth, justice, and healing.

Angelina Snodgrass Godoy holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Berkeley and serves as the Helen H. Jackson Chair in Human Rights and Director of the Center for Human Rights at the University of Washington in Seattle. 

 

Godoy talks to a captive audience about grassroots justice movements in El Salvador. (Photo by CLAS.)
Godoy talks to a captive audience about grassroots justice movements in El Salvador. (Photo by CLAS.)

Godoy explains the feelings of the public in El Salvador. (Photo by CLAS.)
Godoy explains the feelings of the public in El Salvador. (Photo by CLAS.)

El Salvador's Supreme Court chamber in the Palacio Nacional. (Photo by Raul Arias.)
El Salvador's Supreme Court chamber in the Palacio Nacional. (Photo by Raul Arias.)