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International Justice Program

The International Justice Program seeks to promote human rights through national and international justice processes.  The Advocates for Human Rights began using human rights monitoring methods to contribute to the success of transitional justice in Peru in 2002. In May 2004, The Advocates for Human Rights sent a delegation to Sierra Leone to monitor the transitional justice process in that West African country. In addition to documenting the human rights abuses committed during the conflict, the team examined Sierra Leone’s two primary transitional justice mechanisms, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL).

At the request of and under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia, The Advocates coordinated the work of the TRC in the Liberian diaspora. Between January 2007 and August 2008, The Advocates documented statements from Liberians across the United States, the United Kingdom, and in the Buduburam Refugee Settlement in Ghana, West Africa. The Advocates also coordinated the TRC's public hearings in St. Paul, Minnesota in June 2008 to document public testimony from Liberians in the U.S. diaspora. In July 2009, the Advocates presented the Diaspora Project Final Report to the TRC of Liberia during the National Conference on the Way Forward held in Virginia, Liberia.  A House with Two Rooms: The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia Diaspora Project is now available on this website.

International Justice Program staff members Jennifer Prestholdt, Ahmed Sirleaf and Laura Young are currently working to advance justice through projects related to post-conflict peacebuilding and rule of law. 

International Justice Program Staff