Lecture—Makrina Gudiel: Seeking Justice for Crimes of the Past

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 4:00pm
Herter 301

Makrina Gudiel is a researcher and dedicated activist for human rights and justice in Guatemala. Currently she serves as a member and coordinator of the Network of Guatemalan Women Human Rights Defenders,  She has investigated human rights issues faced by women in Guatemala and has also conducted research on adult agricultural workers, many of whom are women. On behalf of her family, she has presented two cases against the Guatemalan government to the Inter American Court of Human Rights for the murders of her brother, who appears in the infamous "Diario Militar," and her father.

Makrina will explain why she and her family continue to fight for justice, despite ongoing death threats and intimidation. She will also discuss the importance of international solidarity with Guatemala over the last 30 years, including the sanctuary movement of the 1980s and the decades-long struggle to end US military support for repressive regimes.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies; History Department; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies,; and The Guatemala Human Rights Commission. Free and open to the public.