It's IntLawGrrls' great pleasure to welcome Carolyn Patty Blum (left) as today's guest blogger. (photo credit)
Patty is a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School in New York City and also the Senior Legal Advisor for the Center for Justice & Accountability, the San Francisco-based nongovernmental organization for which IntLawGrrls' guest/alumna Pamela Merchant serves as Executive Director. A key member of the legal team in CJA’s El Salvador and Chile cases, Patty now works as a consultant for CJA.
In her guest post below, Patty discusses the beginning of U.S. removal proceedings -- set to resume later this month -- against a Salvadoran ex-general alleged to have been complicit in human rights violations during the protracted civil war in El Salvador.
Patty served from 1998 to 2002 as the founding Director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, and is a Clinical Professor of Law Emerita of that law school. She's been involved in a range of human rights policy and legal issues, including trafficking in women, the rights of migrant workers, and the protection of women and gay refugees.
Other NGOs for which Patty's served as a consultant are the International Center for Transitional Justice and the Center for Constitutional Rights, both based in New York.