The Stop Impunity Project, in partnership with the University of El Salvador, will offer a four-week summer intensive program in modern Salvadoran History and Human Rights. The program has been designed for students of law, sociology, history, human rights, anthropology, social work and other related disciplines and is also appropriate for those working with immigration organizations and legal and social service providers that support the Salvadoran community.
The program will explore the history of El Salvador since the genocide of 1932 and will deepen participants’ understanding of conditions that led to the Salvadoran Civil War, the Civil War itself, the consequent diaspora, and the state of human rights throughout.
Core classes will be taught by experienced faculty from the University of El Salvador’s MA program in Human Rights and/or the staff of the Salvadoran Human Rights Ombudsman’s office. The program will include a series of lectures by founders of and participants in modern Salvadoran social and popular movements. Past speakers have included
- Nydia Diaz (below left), former guerrilla commander and current member of the Central American Parliament,
- Zaira Navas, Inspector General of the National Police,
- Roberto Cañas, former guerrilla commander and signatory to the 1992 Peace Accords,
- Manlio Argueta, prize-winning author and Director of the National Library,
- Santiago Gonsalvi, Director of the Museo de la Imagen y la Palabra, and others.
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- el Comité de Madres de Desaparecidos,
- Las Dignas, FESPAD,
- Tutela Legal,
- the Madeleine Lagadec Center for Human Rights,
- Protection Ambiental, and
- the Museo de la Imagen y la Palabra.
The course fee of $2,500 includes tuition, a round-trip economy class ticket from a major US hub, and shared bed and breakfast accommodation. Transportation to and from the airport, and for the two-day field trip to El Mozote is included, as is an overnight stay at a nearby hotel. Lunch, dinner and daily incidentals are not included, nor the nominal cost of urban transportation to sites within the city of San Salvador. Photos from last year's session are available here.