2017-2018 War Crimes Speaker Series

Finding Oscar Film Screening & Panel Discussion

In 1982 during Guatemala’s brutal civil war, an elite group of soldiers invaded the village of Dos Erres and slaughtered more than 200 men, women and children. Two small boys survived and were raised by two of the commandos involved in the massacre. Finding Oscar is a documentary that tells the stories of victims and survivors, and their tireless efforts to seek justice.

On November 8, the WCRO, along with the Ferencz International Justice Initiative of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, hosted a screening of Finding Oscar, followed by a panel discussion featuring:

· Fredy Peccerelli, Director, Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation;

· Kate Doyle, Senior Analyst, National Security Archive;  and

· Jon Longo, Special Agent, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The discussion was moderated by Susana SáCouto, Director, War Crimes Research Office, American University Washington College of Law. Opening remarks were delivered by Anna Cave, Director, Ferencz International Justice Initiative of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Lisa Koven, Chief, Human Rights Law Section, Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.