Using the Courts to Combat Impunity in Guatemala

Panel Discussion Featuring Helen Mack

April 27, 2010

The 4 speakers are in panelist formation at a table at the front of a meeting room, discussing amongst each other and to an audience.

Event Description

Fourteen years after the official end of Guatemala’s long civil war, impunity for crimes both past and present remains a fact of life. In this panel discussion, human rights leaders will explore an array of national and international legal strategies being used to make the guilty accountable for their crimes.


Helen Mack Chang is the executive director of the Myrna Mack Foundation, the human rights organization she founded after the 1990 assassination of her sister by the Guatemalan military.

Roxanna Altholz is Associate Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at Berkeley Law and has represented hundreds of victims before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Almudena Bernabeu is an attorney with the Center for Justice and Accountability and a private prosecutor for Mayan survivors of the genocide in Guatemala.

The moderator, Beatriz Manz, is a professor of Ethnic Studies and Geography at UC Berkeley and the author of Paradise in Ashes: A Guatemalan Journey of Courage, Terror, and Hope.