From October 26-30th, we’ll be joined by Gloria Reyes, a Maya Achi lawyer with long-time BTS partner organization, the Rabinal Legal Clinic. Gloria is leading the case for justice for 36 women from Rabinal who suffered sexual violence during the Internal Armed Conflict and genocide against the Mayan people. She’ll speak throughout the Maritimes on this important case!
This case, which has been over 10 years in the making, is a testament to incredible strength and perseverance. Sadly, the case has not been without set-backs. Currently, the prosecution is appealing a decision made in June by Judge Claudette Dominguez to not to send the 6 former civil patrols accused of crimes against humanity to trial. On September 9th, a recusal motion calling for Judge Dominguez to be removed from the case was granted. That ruling cited her prejudicial questioning of victims and evidence of bias on account of her sister’s position in the military.
More about our invited speaker: Gloria also has experience working on land conflict cases and cases of violence against women. Before becoming a lawyer, Gloria was a school teacher and in 2016 was the director of the New Hope Foundation Education Centre.
SPEAKING TOUR EVENTS:TATAMAGOUCHE Sat. Oct 26th @ 2pm Tatamagouche Library
Sun. Oct 27 @ 10-12pm
Café C’est la Vie, 785 Main Street
Sun. Oct 27th @ 7pm
Renaissance College (811 Charlotte St.)
Mon. Oct 28 @ 7pm
Faculty Lounge, Main Building at UPEI
Tues. Oct 29th @ 6:30-8:30pm
Community Room, People’s Place Library
Wed. Oct 30th @ 5:30pm
Schulich School of Law, Room 104 at Dalhousie University https://www.facebook.com/events/37032751We thank our co-sponsors for the speaking tour, including the MSVU Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies!