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We work internationally to develop effective and accountable justice systems. Nationally, we support and train lawyers and community paralegals, and seek to make justice accessible to all.

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Talking about Race—Rethinking Crime and Punishment in Black America: A Conversation with James Forman Jr.

Yale legal scholar and former public defender James Forman Jr. talks about his new book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America.

Book Launch—Dictators Without Borders: Power and Money in Central Asia

Alex Cooley speaks about his new book, which explores unrecognized and unregulated links between autocratic regimes in Central Asia and centers of power and wealth throughout the West.

New Models to Combat Impunity in Latin America: The Experiences of Guatemala, Mexico, and Honduras

This discussion will identify both common challenges and lessons learned regarding efforts to draw on international support in the battle against impunity in three Latin American countries.

Film Screening and Q&A—Benedicto

A new documentary explores the Guatemalan army's role in atrocity crimes committed during the country's internal conflict, as seen through the eyes of former army commander Benedicto Lucas García.

Book Launch: Assassination of a Saint

Matt Eisenbrandt joins a panel of experts to discuss his new book, which tells the story of the investigation into the killing of Archbishop Óscar Romero.

How Access to Justice Can Stop a Problem from Turning into a Crisis

To shape effective policy, we need to know more about the direct and indirect social and economic costs of unresolved legal problems.