Sunday, April 12, 2015

US deports Salvadoran ex-general tied to 1980s rights abuses


Washington Post Article

Extradition sought for ex-Salvadoran colonel over slayings

Posted: 04/08/15, 12:50 PM PDT |
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. government is working to extradite a former Salvadoran colonel to face charges that he helped plot the 1989 slayings of five Jesuit priests from Spain during El Salvador's civil war, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Inocente Orlando Montano Morales, 72, is one of 20 former military officials who were indicted in Spain on charges related to the notorious killings known as the Jesuit Massacre, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.
A federal prosecutor in North Carolina, where Montano Morales is serving a prison sentence for immigration fraud, filed a complaint Wednesday in federal court seeking to extradite him to Spain.
A lawyer who worked with the victims' families to pursue the criminal case said the prosecution of Montano Morales will be significant because the rest of the accused officers aren't likely to be extradited from El Salvador.
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"His case will be the site where the full truth of what happened that night and the role that high level military officials played in the crime will be prosecuted," said Carolyn Patty Blum, senior legal adviser to the Center for Justice & Accountability.
From 1980 to 1991, El Salvador was caught in a conflict between the government and leftist rebels, and the priests had been calling for discussions between the two sides to end the fighting, according to court documents.
The complaint says Montano Morales, who also served as El Salvador's vice minister of defense and public safety, oversaw a government radio station that issued death threats against Father Ignacio Ellacuria Beascoechea and other priests. It says the colonel was present during a meeting when another officer "gave the order to kill Father Ellacuria and leave no witnesses."
The following day, Nov. 16, 1989, members of the Salvadoran military killed six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and the housekeeper's 16-year-old daughter, court documents say. Five of the priests were from Spain, while the rest of the victims were from El Salvador.
A translated arrest warrant issued in Spain states that Montano Morales is accused of murder and other charges.
Montano Morales is serving a 21-month federal prison sentence for immigration fraud and perjury, and his sentence at a North Carolina prison was set to finish later this month.
The former colonel has denied involvement in the killings of the priests. A message left seeking comment from his lawyer in the immigration case wasn't immediately returned.
He told a judge in 2011 that he'd come to the U.S. about 10 years before his 2011 arrest. He'd been living in the Boston suburb of Everett and worked for six years in a candy factory, making $14 an hour.
A 2011 affidavit filed by an investigator said Montano Morales falsely claimed he hadn't served in the military on an immigration form for people seeking temporary immigration status because they can't safely return to certain countries.
Blum said her organization partnered with a Spanish advocacy group to file a 2008 complaint asking authorities there to look into the case. The indictments were issued in 2011 after an investigation by a Spanish court.
Of the others indicted, one has died and the other 18 are in El Salvador, Blum said. She says a Salvadoran law granting amnesty to people who participated in the conflict is preventing their extradition.
"As it stands now, those defendants are not going to be extradited to Spain," she said.
 

 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Necesitas información sobre la nueva ley AB60?

Necesitas información sobre la nueva ley AB60?  Conoces los requisitos?
Te gustaría estudiar el libro de manejo de DMV y practicar las preguntas del examen?
 Sabado 14 de Marzo a las 2pm 3013 24th St, San Francisco
 Te Esperamos!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Nacho’s Legacy in the San Francisco Bay Area

I knew of Ignacio Martín-Baró’s work long before I invited him to a conference on Central American refugees in the spring of 1988. It was his first visit to the San Francisco Bay Area. Having “Nacho” for a week in my house was a very special and transformative experience. Three of my cousins of were among his students of Psychology at UCA. One of them was brutally murdered when she was seven months pregnant. 
Ignacio Martín-Baró was “Nacho” to many of us who knew him, who love him and miss him.  At at the time of his assassination, he was the vice rector Central American University “Jose Simeon Cañas” (UCA, in Spanish). The University of Central America played a leading role in the effort to resolve El Salvador’s decades-long civil war. Jesuit faculty members, who often spoke out against human rights abuses, were accused by the government and the military of providing intellectual support for the FMLN rebel uprising.
Ignacio Martín-Baró, a Spanish-born Salvadoran citizen, at age 50 was best known as an analyst of national and regional affairs and as the founder and director of the Public Opinion Institute, a highly respected polling organization.  He was also a writer, teacher, and a pastor. He was killed along with five other Jesuit priests and two women on November 16, 1989. He was killed by a military battalion that had just returned form military training at the School Of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia. It was not the first assassination of church leaders: 18 Catholic priests, including Father Rutilio Grande and Archbishop Oscar Romero, and four North American churchwomen, had been killed in El Salvador since the late 1970s - more than any other nation in the world.
Martín-Baró obtained his PhD at the University of Chicago, and visited the United States many times. He published eleven books and a long list of articles in Latin America and the US. His work dealt with the many issues connected with the field of social psychology. Most of his life was dedicated to ending injustice and understanding the impact of violence and terror both on the individual and the social body. His work has contributed to bridging the individual psychological trauma with the social, thus opening up the possibility of using psychotherapeutic methods to affect political emancipation.
Martín-Baró also incorporated in his framework basic postulates of Liberation Theology.  He would explain:  “For the oppressed of Latin America, the process implies a personal and a social transformation. Whether or not it manifests in individual disorders, the deterioration of social interaction [by war] is in and of itself a serious social disturbance, an erosion of our collective capacity to work and love, to assert our unique identity, to tell our personal and communal story in the history of peoples… For this reason, the challenge is not limited to addressing the destruction and disorders caused by the war. The challenge is to construct a new person in a new society."
Every Saturday at Clínica Martín-Baró, the pulse of the most vulnerable Latin@s is taken to understand their housing, employment, migration, family, social support, psychological and medical condition.  We are inspired by the work of Nacho and his desire and hope for a better world.
Clínica Martín-Baró's mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. We strive to promote wellness and address the health care needs of the underserved and economically disadvantaged Spanish-speaking community of the Mission District of San Francisco. We provide access to free health care, psychotherapy, and health education in Spanish and in a culturally sensitive manner.
Clínica Martín-Baró is a student-organized free clinic operating Saturdays. It is a collaboration between medical students and faculty from the UCSF School of Medicine, and undergraduates from the SFSU Latin@ Studies Department. We work together to serve and accompany while learning about the social and medical conditions facing immigrants. We provide a space for student volunteers to develop and strengthen a socio-economic analysis of the state of healthcare in the U.S, and an educational environment to create life-long advocates for underserved communities. We encourage, support and empower low-income students of color to pursue higher education (including but not limited to medical school) and a career that will benefit the needs of such communities. 
We do not receive any funds from corporations. We receive donations from people of conscience and fundraise by organizing social events and cultural performances. The structure of Clínica is horizontal a non-hierarchical.  We take political stands and learned from Nacho that we are not neutral about the political decisions that affect the lives in our community, such as impunity, gentrification and the commodification of health, education and housing.
Every Monday night, we reflect on the work we do from the perspective of our communities. The commitment among the volunteers has deepened over the years. Dedication has grown because student volunteers want to be a part of something bigger than themselves, have the power to make their own decisions, and do something that they have wanted to do their entire lives.
By Felix Salvador Kury



Thursday, July 17, 2014

PRESS CONERENCE TO INTRODUCE A SAN FRANCISCO CITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION TO EMBRACE THE CHILDREN FROM CENTRAL AMERICA

This is a study regarding the migration of children from Central America. click here
Este es un estudio de las migraciones de los niños de Centroamérica.oprima aquí.

Voluntarios de Clinica Martin-Barò

Volunteers of Clínica de Martin-Barò  participating in a training session. During these sessions, they learn valuable skills on how to best meet the needs of the patients.
Voluntarios de la Clínica de Martin-Barò participando en ejercicios de entrenamiento. Durante estos ejercicios, ellos aprenden habilidades importantes que le ayudan a mejor atender los pacientes.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Gentrification

Clínica Martín-Baró y muchas otras organizaciones comunitarias,  marcharon el pasado 12 de octubre para denunciar los desalojos forzosos de la comunidad Latina en el barrio de La Misión en San Francisco. On October 12 a rally was held against the gentrification in the Mission district. According to Causa Justa/Just Cause,"Gentrification is the outgrowth of public disinvestment in marginalized communities and years of unjust economic development policies."