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

Angelina Snodgrass Godoy

October 7, 2016

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Event Description 

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.