As victims and their families in Guatemala have sought truth and justice for crimes committed during the country’s 30-year civil war, Fund grantee Equipo de Estudios Comunitarios y de Acción Psicosocial (ECAP) has played a key supporting role. Founded in 1997, ECAP provides crucial psychosocial support to witnesses, victims, experts, and even judges involved in the transitional justice trials. ECAP’s role has been vital in trials like the Sepur Zarco case, which marked the first time sexual slavery during war was prosecuted in the country in which it was committed.
Shahzad Akbar, the Executive Director and founder of Foundation for Fundamental Rights Pakistan (FFR), was the first lawyer to challenge the US drone strikes in Pakistan and the devastating impact they have had on the lives of innocent families in the region. A corporate lawyer by training, Shahzad had spent most of his career working in close cooperation with the US authorities, working as a prosecutor at Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau and as a consultant for USAID projects in Pakistan. This all changed, however, when a drone strike victim walked though his door in 2010.
Mexico is one of the most dangerous places on earth to be female. In 2015, 6 women were murdered every day. Unfortunately, entrenched corruption and a culture of machismo—which considers women second-class citizens—mean that the majority of cases of gender-based violence are never investigated.
Mamadou Diallo never imagined he would one day lead the fight for justice in one of the most damming cases of human rights violations in Guinea’s recent history. Yet one day in his early 20s dramatically changed the course of his life. On September 28, 2009, Mamadou joined friends in a peaceful demonstration in the capital of Conakry to demand the resignation of Guinea’s then military rules, Moussa Dadis Camara.