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Justice for the 36 Maya Achi Women: 4 Ex-Patrulleros will face trial in 2022

On March 24th, 2021, the Rabinal Legal Clinic successfully appealed the decision made by now recused judge, Claudette Dominguez, on June 21st, 2019 in the case of the 36 Maya Achi women for sexual violence committed during the Guatemalan Internal Armed Conflict. Judge Claudette Dominguez was recused from the case [...]

2021-06-02T11:17:45-04:00April 6th, 2021|In the News, Truth, justice & impunity|

Commemoration of the Xococ Massacre

By: Laura Robinson (BTS Cooperant) On February 13th, I accompanied the Rabinal Legal Clinic and The New Hope Foundation School to what had been used as a clandestine cemetery in Xococ, a town outside of Rabinal. It was the 38th anniversary of the Xococ massacre during which the Guatemalan army [...]

2021-06-09T12:05:59-04:00February 19th, 2020|General blog, Report Backs|

US sentencing of former civil patroller implicated in crimes against humanity

On December 20, 2019 Francisco Cuxum Alvarado was sentenced in a Massachusetts courtroom for immigration-related charges with Maya Achi survivors Paula Ixtapa and Jesus Tecu present. Paula is president of the Rabinal Legal Clinic, while Jesus is the director. Back in 2018, Cuxum Alvarado was also sentenced in a Salamá courtroom [...]

2021-06-09T12:07:23-04:00January 24th, 2020|General blog, Truth, justice & impunity|

Exciting cooperant program updates!

January 2020 is off to a great start with the beginning of Laura Robinson’s Community Development Cooperant placement at both the Rabinal Legal Clinic and the New Hope Foundation in Rabinal.  Over the next six months, Laura will support the Legal Clinic in the areas of research, communications and fundraising [...]

2021-06-09T12:10:53-04:00January 23rd, 2020|General blog, Report Backs|

BTS Delegation to Guatemala – Day 2

November 11, 2019 by Lydia Jenkinson We gathered this morning at 6am in the courtyard of our Rabinal hotel. Our water bottles were filled and we all had shoes on suitable for hiking. We knew our itinerary for this day was filled with meaning-filled things but I don't believe we [...]

2021-04-12T18:14:05-04:00November 12th, 2019|Delegation, General blog|

BTS 2019 Delegation to Guatemala- Day 1

November 10. 2019 It's a beautiful day in Guatemala! Many of us journeyed here from Eastern Canada, through an earlier-than-we'd like snowstorm.  The sun and blue skies that greeted us were a very welcome change! We all-with the exception of one group member, to join up with us a touch [...]

2021-04-12T18:13:56-04:00November 11th, 2019|Delegation, General blog|

Thirty-six Achi women survivors struggle for justice: Sexual violence case begins in Rabinal

By Lisa Rankin, BTS Guatemala Coordinator May 11, 2018 was the day the women had been waiting for; after years of gathering testimonies, psychosocial support, preparation and investigation, the National Civil Police and Public Prosecutor arrested six men, former military commissioners in Rabinal, accused of sexual violence during the Internal [...]

2021-04-14T09:19:46-04:00August 7th, 2018|General blog, Truth, justice & impunity|
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