N-Map Premieres: Truth & Justice for the Women of Guatemala

August 12, 2014 by
By Abby Goldberg & Nili Blanck 
     In 2012, Women’s Link Worldwide successfully worked with human rights groups and women survivors from indigenous communities, specifically the Ixil Maya, to frame the widespread sexual violence of the Ríos Montt administration in Guatemala as an element of genocide—a monumental achievement. We captured their story on film.

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   As the head of state between 1982 and 1983, José Efraín Ríos Montt had a relatively brief window of power, but left an enduring impact – the UN estimates that 48% of the violence reported during the 36-year armed conflict occurred during his administration. Ríos Montt is responsible for thousands of deaths and forced disappearances. However, it was the widespread violence against women and girls—targeted specifically at indigenous communities—that was a strategic military tactic of genocide. Guatemalan journalist, Marielos Monzón, succinctly explains that targeting women was an attempt to, “remove a community at its seed.”

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   To prove this first in a Spanish court where Guatemalan war crimes were tried under the principle of Universal Jurisdiction (and later in a national criminal tribunal in Guatemala) Women’s Link Worldwide (WLW) employed an innovative legal strategy to ensure the justice process included gender crimes – or crimes specifically targeted at women: they utilized expert witnesses in the field of international justice and women’s rights to contextualize the issue, cite established jurisprudence that recognizes crimes against women as a tactic of war, and inform the judges’ understanding of the case.

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   Although the Guatemalan Constitutional Court later annulled Ríos Montt’s conviction (for the latest updates follow the Open Society’s International Justice Monitor), the court’s recognition of sexual and gender based violence as a distinct element of the genocide further cements this growing jurisprudence. Furthermore, sharing this with judicial actors worldwide can help disseminate information about the best practices for and the importance of ensuring women’s inclusion in these trials. Video renders this possible.

   The eight-minute documentary informs judges and prosecutors worldwide of not only the importance of including sexual and gender based crimes in transitional justice processes but also the difficulties they face in doing so. Judicial actors often do not know how to work with the stigmatization survivors of sexual violence endure when revealing themselves as victims, facing the secondary trauma of confronting their perpetrator in court, or risking social marginalization from spouses and family members who may view the women as responsible.

  We see this video as an important example of not only how women survivors can be included in the judicial process but also why their participation proves imperative. We hope this film will encourage greater use of expert testimony as well as other strategies to ensure women’s right to access justice and everyone’s right to know their history.

Job Posting: Program Assistant

January 27, 2015 by

Location: New York City

Application Deadline: February 16, 2015

New Media Advocacy Project Description:

The New Media Advocacy Project (N-Map) combines legal expertise with cutting edge communication tools to strengthen human rights and social justice work. We help advocates throughout the world tell their stories in more compelling and powerful ways—to tip the balance in the toughest cases and campaigns.

N-Map works on behalf of courageous clients in areas such as unlawful detention, gender-based violence, forced evictions, prison conditions, race discrimination, criminal justice, and more. We develop high quality, tactically sophisticated media advocacy projects that can be used in the courtroom, in legislative offices, within our clients’ communities, and more broadly in the public.

N-Map’s innovative work was recognized in 2014 by Google Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, as one of 10 organizations advancing the “New Digital Age.”

Job Description:

N-Map is looking for a Program Assistant to support our international team. The Program Assistant will provide administrative and operational support for the organization, as well as assist with many of N-Map’s projects.

The ideal candidate has 1-2 years of professional experience providing administrative support in a dynamic and fast-paced atmosphere. The Program Assistant will play an important role in organizing and coordinating many of our complex domestic and international projects. This position offers the unique opportunity to be exposed to many aspects of non-profit management, including operations, fundraising, contact management, and communications. Candidates must be self motivated, detail oriented, and must possess the ability to work under pressure. Though not required, familiarity with Spanish or French will be incredibly useful.

Responsibilities for this role include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing general administrative support for the organization, including: managing calendars and schedules; organizing staff meetings; supporting accounting and expense reporting; drafting correspondence; assisting all staff in basic administrative tasks; maintaining contacts database; organizing and maintaining our New York City office, and more.
  • Providing program support for the Executive Team, Project Managers, and Communications Team including: coordinating internal communications within project teams; coordinating project schedules; assisting with domestic and international travel planning, conducting research for all projects and communications; assisting with daily social media work, and more.

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS or equivalent degree required
  • 1- 2 years of professional experience, particularly in a non-profit, startup, or social enterprise
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, written and verbal communication
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment; must be detail oriented, well organized and able to effectively manage competing priorities and frequent deadlines
  • Familiarity with in-depth research and MSOffice applications, including Excel and PowerPoint (or Keynote)
  • A demonstrated commitment to human rights and public interest work
  • Familiarity with Spanish is a huge plus, but is not necessary
  • Knowledge of video production and editing, computer programming, or graphic design are all plusses (but not required)

How to Apply:

Please send a resume and statement of interest in one attachment to Meryl Friedman at jobs@newmediaadvocacy.org with the subject line “Program Assistant Application.”

Job Posting: NYC Project Manager

January 27, 2015 by

Location: New York City

Application Deadline: February 16, 2015

New Media Advocacy Project Description:

The New Media Advocacy Project (N-Map) combines legal expertise with cutting edge communication tools to strengthen human rights and social justice work. We help advocates throughout the world tell their stories in more compelling and powerful ways—to tip the balance in the toughest cases and campaigns.

N-Map works on behalf of courageous clients in areas such as unlawful detention, gender-based violence, forced evictions, prison conditions, race discrimination, criminal justice, and more. We develop high quality, tactically sophisticated media advocacy projects that can be used in the courtroom, in legislative offices, within our clients’ communities, and more broadly in the public.

N-Map’s innovative work was recognized in 2014 by Google Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, as one of 10 organizations advancing the “New Digital Age.”

Job Description:

N-Map is seeking a Project Manager to lead a portfolio of cutting-edge human rights and public interest advocacy projects around the world. These projects involve support for public interest litigation, advocacy campaigns, human rights documentation, and more.

The Project Manager will work with N-Map staff based in our New York headquarters, and with project managers in Mexico and Nigeria. The projects vary widely and will require significant international and domestic travel.

The ideal candidate is an energetic and experienced public interest lawyer, human rights researcher/advocate, or international journalist, with at least five years of full-time work experience in the field. N-Map brings together advocacy experts, filmmakers and other creative professionals to craft our innovative media advocacy strategies. The Project Manger will work with our partners to guide the advocacy strategy while also directing media productions.

The Project Manager will be involved with all aspects of N-Map’s programmatic work, including strategic development, day-to-day-management, client communications, project implementation, grant reporting, and evaluation. The Project Manager will also have other organizational responsibilities, including but not limited to contributing to business development and fundraising, communications, and thought leadership.

Qualifications:

  • A degree in international relations, social sciences, public policy, or law is preferred. An advanced degree, particularly a J.D. or public policy masters, is highly desirable.
  • At least five years of professional experience in a related field, especially human rights, public interest law, advocacy, or journalism;
  • Ability to plan and execute complex projects in an international context;
  • Fluent in English but fluency in other languages is a significant plus.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, written and verbal communication, including working with international teams.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment; candidate must be detail oriented, efficient, and able to effectively manage competing priorities and competing deadlines.
  • A demonstrated commitment to human rights and public interest work.
  • Familiarity with video production and editing, distribution strategies, and social media is a plus.

How to Apply:

Please send a resume and statement of interest as one attachment to Meryl Friedman at jobs@newmediaadvocacy.org with the subject line “NYC Project Manager Application.”

 

Job Opening: Part-Time Grant Writer

December 23, 2014 by

Job Title: Part-Time Grant Writer

Start Date: January 2015

Location: New York City or Hudson NY

Deadline: Rolling

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New Media Advocacy Project Description:

The New Media Advocacy Project (N-Map) combines legal expertise with cutting edge communication tools to strengthen human rights and social justice work.  We help advocates throughout the world tell their stories in more compelling and powerful ways to tip the balance in the toughest cases and campaigns.

Human rights advocates and social entrepreneurs face enormous challenges:  deeply entrenched social issues, over-resourced opponents and competitors, as well as hostile or risk-averse courts, legislatures, and funders.  This equation means the usual tools are not enough.  N-Map uses advocates’ greatest tool—their stories—to help meet those challenges. Our innovative mix of legal and media knowledge helps to bring those stories to life, and to use them effectively in courtrooms, legislatures, communities, and the public.

 

Job Description:

N-Map is seeking a part-time Grant Writer to help our development team research and draft all grant proposals and grant reports. The Grant Writer will work directly with our Executive Director and Director of Development to execute our ambitious fundraising goals.

The ideal candidate has two to five years experience writing grants for non-profit organizations. The successful candidate will be able to craft compelling, creative, and concise grant materials. Candidates must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, and possess the ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines. It is essential that the candidate be able to quickly and easily understand new and complex human rights issues. As many of our projects are legally technical and, oftentimes, emotionally challenging, it is crucial the Grant Writer have the ability to adeptly introduce new and difficult concepts to funders in compelling and polished writing.  Though not required, familiarity with legal concepts and international human rights will be incredibly useful.

This is a part time position – approximately 2 days/week (15-20 hours).  There is some room for growth, and the position may develop over time.

 

Responsibilities for this role include, but are not limited to:

  • Researching, developing, and writing grant proposals and reports; persuasively and creatively communicating N-Map’s mission and projects to potential funders
  • Managing the logistics behind all current grant proposals and grant reports: coordinating with all departments to assemble and submit applications
  • Cultivating a strong and thorough understanding of N-Map’s mission and current projects in order to accurately write about the organization
  • Understanding the N-Map voice
  • Conducting prospect-funding research
  • Providing writing support for development projects and fundraising needs

 

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of two years of experience with grant writing or development for non-profit organizations
  • Excellent written communication skills; ability to write clear, concise, creative and persuasive proposals that effectively translate N-Map’s mission and goals.
  • Outstanding editing skills
  • Keen attention to detail; highly organized with an ability to juggle multiple writing projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to understand basic legal jargon and translate key messages for broader audiences
  • Strong ability to work quickly and under a tight deadline
  • Responsive and attentive to all editorial feedback
  • Familiarity with donor databases (Salesforce) is a plus

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How to Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter, 2 writing samples, including at least one proposal or report drafted primarily by you and salary requirements to jobs@newmediaadvocacy.org. Please include “Grant Writer Application” as the subject of the email.

We’re Hiring: Development Intern

November 6, 2014 by

Job Description: Development Intern

Start Date: January 5th, 2015 (dates flexible)

Deadline: December 1st, 2014

Location: New York City

 

New Media Advocacy Project Description

The New Media Advocacy Project (N-Map) is a non-profit organization that combats human rights violations by using digital video and other media to strengthen social justice advocacy in courts, legislatures, and communities.  N-Map’s lawyers, advocates, and media professionals help human rights organizations integrate technology directly into their strategies, enabling them to win their cases and achieve their clients’ goals more effectively.

 

Job Description:

N-Map is looking for a part-time Development Intern in our NYC office! We are a small and dynamic non-profit organization; so although you’ll mainly work with development staff, our interns get a deep look into many facets of our organization: communications, administration, human rights law and advocacy, and media production.

The ideal candidate has a deep commitment to human rights and public service, with some knowledge of media and film production. Applicants must be able to commit at least 18 hours/week. While the schedule is somewhat flexible, we prefer the intern to work on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Unfortunately, we cannot offer academic credit for this internship; however, you’ll have the opportunity to work with our newly-formed development team as they craft a foundational fundraising strategy.

 

Qualifications

  • Commitment to human rights advocacy
  • Interest in non-profit fundraising, management, and development
  • Strong research skills with an ability to synthesize data
  • Advanced writing and editing skills
  • Ambitious, problem solvers preferred please

 

Duties:

  • Assist Development team with research and day-to-day activities
  • Identify and research potential donors including foundations and individuals
  • Maintain database with donor and prospect information
  • Draft materials for donor solicitations and communications
  • Write and copy edit project proposals and grants renewals

 

How to Apply

For immediate consideration, please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@newmediaadvocacy.org in a single attachment by December 1st, 2014.  Please include “Development Intern” in the subject of your email.

 

Verdad y Justicia Para las Mujeres de Guatemala

August 12, 2014 by
Abby Goldberg & Nili Blanck

   En el 2012, Women’s Link Worldwide trabajó con grupos de derechos humanos y mujeres de comunidades indígenas, específicamente el Ixil Maya, para enmarcar como genocidio la violencia sexual generalizada de la administración de Ríos Montt. El caso fue un logro monumental y N-Map capturó esta historia en película.

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  Como el jefe del estado entre 1982 y 1983, José Efraín Ríos Montt tuvo una relativamente breve ventana de poder, pero dejó un impacto bastante fuerte – la ONU estima que durante un conflicto armado que duró 36 años, 48% de toda la violencia reportada fue durante la administración de Ríos Montt. Ríos Montt es responsable de miles de muertes y desapariciones forzadas. Sin embargo, fue la violencia generalizada contra las mujeres y las niñas – dirigido específicamente a las comunidades indígenas – que fue parte de la táctica militar estratégica de genocidio. Periodista guatemalteco, Marielos Monzón, sucintamente explica que establecer como objetivo la erradicación de mujeres fue un intento de “quitar este pueblo desde la semilla.”

   Women’s Link Worldwide (WLW) empleó una estrategia legal innovadora para garantizar que el proceso judicial incluyera crímenes de genero – que son crímenes específicamente contra las mujeres – primero en una corte Española donde los crímenes de guerra Guatemaltecos fueron probados bajo el principio de jurisdicción universal y luego en un tribunal penal nacional en Guatemala. Women’s Link empleó testigos expertos en el campo de la justicia internacional y de derechos de mujeres para contextualizar el tema, citar jurisprudencia que reconoce los crímenes contra las mujeres como una táctica de guerra, e informar la comprensión de los jueces del caso.

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   A pesar de que la Corte de Constitucionalidad de Guatemala anuló posteriormente la condena de Ríos Montt (para las mas recientes actualizaciones, puede seguir el Monitor de la Justicia Internacional de Open Society), el reconocimiento de la corte de la violencia sexual como un estrategia distinta de genocidio mas cementó esta jurisprudencia. Por otra parte, el caso merece ser compartido con actores judiciales en todo el mundo para ayudarles a entender las mejores prácticas y la importancia de garantizar la inclusión de las mujeres en estos ensayos. El vídeo hace esto posible.

  El documental de ocho minutos producido por N-Map con Women’s Link capta esta historia para informar a los jueces y fiscales en todo el mundo, no sólo de la importancia de incluir a las mujeres en los tribunales de crímenes de guerra, sino también de las dificultades que enfrentan al hacerlo. Actores judiciales a menudo no saben cómo trabajar con la estigmatización que las sobrevivientes de violencia sexual aguantan cuando se revelan como victimas o enfrentan a su agresor en la corte. Sobrevivientes también corren el riesgo de marginación social porque miembros de familia pueden ver a las mujeres como responsables.

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   Descuidar estos obstáculos judiciales, que son únicos para los sobrevivientes de la violencia sexual, niega a las mujeres la posibilidad de acceder a la justicia. También niega a la humanidad la oportunidad de crear memoria histórica y de descubrir la verdad de nuestro pasado, la cual en turno informa nuestro presente y nuestro futuro. Para asegurar un futuro en el cual la ley garantiza justicia, WLW incorporará la película directamente en el entrenamiento de jueces y fiscales. Informar a los actores judiciales de impedimentos legales anteriores va a mitigar su presencia en el futuro.

  Este video es un ejemplo importante de cómo las mujeres no solo pueden ser incluidas en el proceso judicial, sino también porque su participación es imperativa. N-Map espera que esta película va a fomentar un mayor uso de testimonios de expertos, así como otras estrategias para garantizar el derecho de las mujeres a acceder a la justicia y del derecho de todo el mundo a conocer su historia.

8 Steps to Effective Advocacy – A New Instructional Video Series 

August 5, 2014 by

In Chiatura, Georgia, miners commute to the cliff top manganese mines in Soviet-era cable cars. As we boarded one of these cars during N-Map’s January shoot, our crew surveyed it anxiously. The cable cars are ancient and rusty—a wonder that they still function.

As the car steeply ascended, our interview subject, Shota Gaprindashvili, spoke with pride about his hometown and its distinguished Soviet history. He was taking us to see the former Pioneer Palace at the top of the cliff, where youth gathered during the Soviet days. Shota is the founder of an advocacy NGO and one of his main priorities is encouraging youth activism on environmental issues.

Manganese mining collected a serious toll on Chiatura and the surrounding region. The river water is black, the air is dirty, and rate of cancer high. The mining company remains loathe to invest in the community or in new infrastructure, while the Georgian government is unwilling to step in and protect the community’s rights.

But after Shota started his advocacy work in 2011, he saw progress: the mining company agreed to install water filtration devices at manganese processing sites and to clean transport trucks before they pass through town. The City Council also passed an ordinance requiring transport trucks to cover cargo with a tarp.

Many Georgian communities grapple with economic and social rights violations but few organizations address community problems successfully like Shota.  Local advocates face many problems and, particularly in rural areas, find it difficult to engage with policy-makers effectively.

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Soviet-era mine cars slowly ascend the steep cliffs in Chiatura.

Last year, the East-West Management Institute’s Policy, Advocacy, and Civil Society in Georgia Project (G-PAC) approached N-Map with a challenge: harness the visual power of video to help the organization achieve its mission. G-PAC encourages citizens to engage in the process of governance in Georgia by supporting policy advocacy and asked us to enhance the reach of their work—especially in marginalized rural communities—by producing a series of instructional videos.

With funding from United States Agency for International Development (USAID), N-Map theorized that we could employ the poignancy of visual storytelling—and the human narratives behind advocacy work—to show basic advocacy concepts and inspire citizens to take action. We produced a series of videos that profile successful advocacy campaigns in Georgia, giving successful Georgian advocates the opportunity to instruct others on how to engage with institutions of power.

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Clarovideo.org – A New Online Resource to Empower Consumers in NYC’s Courts

July 22, 2014 by
    We are excited to announce the launch of a new legal information platform: www.clarovideo.org.
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A still from one of our eleven animated rights education videos.

New York City courts face a debt collection crisis. In 2008, at the height of the recession, filings for consumer debt lawsuits peaked at over 300,000.  That’s almost a third of a million cases in just one city! The volume has reduced as the economy recovered but figures still remain staggering – almost 100,000 cases were filed last year.

The majority of the consumers who are sued are minorities or senior citizens and many are poor. Most cannot afford to hire a lawyer: in 2011, less than two percent of consumer debt defendants obtained legal counsel.  This means that they almost invariably enter the legal system woefully uninformed.

The result of this information gap is a system plagued with due process problems. The biggest problem by far is default judgments, which means that the plaintiff wins automatically because the defendant does not come to court to defend their case. In 2008, the default rate reached a mind-boggling 90% in the Bronx; now the default rate across all boroughs dropped to approximately 50.6% – still unacceptably high.  Think for a moment about about what this means: half of people who are sued in these cases literally present no defense.  No evidence; no trial; no settlement.

Much of this is the result of fraudulent service on the part of the plaintiffs, who notify the court of the lawsuit, but do not notify the defendant – banking on a default judgment.  Many people only find out they have been sued when wages are automatically taken out of their already-small paychecks, often pushing them closer to the edge of extreme poverty.

Watch our short documentary on NYC’s consumer debt crisis here.

Just last week, when working with litigants at the Brooklyn Civil Court, we met a consumer debt defendant named Kim.  With her hair tightly pinned, and looking dignified but obviously under stress, she explained, “I went to the bank one day and my bank account was frozen.” A trip to the courthouse revealed that she had been sued by a debt collector and improperly served a summons and complaint—in 2007. “I didn’t even know there was a judgment against me,” she said. Unaware that she had been sued, Kim lost the case by default.  The debt collection agency froze her bank account and now Kim faces the repercussions of a lawsuit she never knew existed.

“They asked if I wanted to settle on the phone but I said no, I don’t want to settle over the phone,” Kim reflected. “I was confused and angry. Someone suggested I visit a CLARO office so here I am.”

The volunteer lawyers at the Civil Legal Advice Resource Office (CLARO) deal with cases similar to Kim’s on a regular basis. They shoulder the immense challenge of providing free legal advice to low-income litigants facing consumer debt suits. Yet even the herculean efforts of CLARO can’t adequately address the heavy caseload that clogs New York civil courts.

Considering the volume of civil debt suits in New York courts, the staff at CLARO would need to see 324 litigants a day to advise all unrepresented litigants! In order to address this massive demand, we need to multiply the impact of CLARO’s limited resources.

We collaborated with Fordham Law School’s Feerick Center for Social JusticeMFY Legal Services, Inc., and Pro Bono Net to develop an innovative platform for educating New Yorkers about how to navigate consumer debt suits. Today, we are proud to launch an innovative model for rights education, which can be found at clarovideo.org. Our free, animated legal information videos stand apart from other rights education resources. For one, the animated videos are easy-to-understand and engaging —free of legal jargon. Second, the video series is modular. After completing a short survey, the site populates a selection of videos tailored to the particular individual’s case, avoiding extraneous and potentially confusing material.

The animated, modular videos not only offer legal empowerment to citizens, but also create a two-way flow of information between lawyers and the public. The survey captures data about the population involved in consumer debt cases, giving us crucial information about issues faced by those in consumer debt suits.

These videos will help educate people who have been rightly or wrongly sued for consumer debt and help legal service organizations like CLARO reach thousands of clients currently beyond their capacity.  Our website will empower New Yorkers, New Yorkers like Kim, and help secure due process for all in New York City’s consumer debt courts.

Expert Witnesses: Advancing Justice for Women in Haitian Courts

July 7, 2014 by

It is with great enthusiasm that N-Map launches our newest film: Advancing Justice Through Expert Testimony in Haiti.

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In November 2013, our partners—the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) —invited us to Haiti to produce a film that advocates for the greater use of expert witnesses in Haitian courts. The film is primarily intended for Haitian judges, prosecutors and lawyers yet the message remains universal: expert testimony is vital for all criminal trials—especially in the case of rape.

Judges are not doctors; nor are they forensic psychologists or ballistic experts. Yet they issue rulings on cases built upon evidence from these fields. Consequently, many courts call on experts to help judges understand the specificities of a case or to help lawyers best substantiate their case according to relevant scientific evidence. In Haiti, however, there is little use of expert witnesses in criminal trials. Without guidance, judges cannot provide informed decisions for the complainant or the accused. And this absence of expertise delivers only partial justice.

While it is important for Haitian courts to employ expert witnesses in all criminal trials, this need is ever more urgent for cases of sexual violence. Last summer, judges dismissed numerous sexual assault cases because female victims exhibited common symptoms of trauma: failing to remember some details of the crime or inconsistently recounting their testimony. Modern psychiatric literature recognizes this behavior as common among rape victims who experience trauma. Yet judges are not familiar with the behavioral patterns of post-rape trauma and leverage inconsistent testimony as evidence that a crime did not occur. In these cases, the Haitian justice system—in addition to the defendant—wronged the victim.

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Avanse Jistis Atravè Temwayaj Ekspè

July 7, 2014 by

Se avèk anpil antouzyas ke N-Map pibliye nouvo fim nou: Avanse Jistis Atravè Temwayaj Ekspè.

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An novanm 2013, patnè nou—Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI)ak Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH)— envite nou al Ayiti pou n pwodui yon fim ki sipòte plis itilizasyon temwayaj ekspè nan tribunal Ayiti. Fim nan fèt prensipalman pou jij, komisè, ak avoka men se yon mesaj inivèsèl: temwayaj ekspè enpòtan anpil pou pwosè kriminèl, e sitou nan ka vyòl.

Jij pa ni doktè, ni sikològ ou ekspè nan balistik. Men yo rann jijman sou ka ki baze sou prèv ki sot nan sektè sa yo. Donk, anpil tribinal konn rele ekspè pou yo ede jij yo konprann detay yon ka oubyen pou ede avoka yo oryante ka ki baze sou prèv syantifik. Epoutan, ann Ayiti, pa gen anpil moun ki itilize temwayaj ekspè nan pwosè kriminèl. San gid, jij pa ka pran desizyon kòrèk pou pleyan an oubyen akize a. Absans ekspètiz saa lakòz ke yo rann yon jistis ki pa konplèt.

Malgre li enpòtan pou tribunal ayisyen itilize temwen ekspè nan tout pwosè kriminèl, nesesite a pi ijan nan ka vyolans seksyèl. Nan ete ane pase, jij te rejte plizyè ka vyolans seksyèl paske viktim yo te gen bon jan sentòm chòk : enkapasite pou yo sonje detay krim nanoubyen bay yon temwayaj ki differan chak fwa. Literati sikyatrik modèn rekonèt konpòtman sa a kòm yon bagay kouran kay viktim vyòl ki twomatize. Men jij yo pa abitye ak konpòtman moun apre vyòl epi yo itilize temwayaj ki diferan chak fwa yo kòm prèv ke pa-t gen krim. Nan ka sa yo, se pa sèlman akize a, men se sistèm jidisyè Ayiti a tou ki fè viktim nan mal.

Nesesite ekspètiz medikal souliyen enpòtans temwayaj ekspè nan ka vyòl. Nan yon ka yo dekri nan fim nan, yon pleyan ki pako gen dizan t-ap chèche jistis akoz yo te vyole li, men jij yo te twonpe yo lè yo te kwè ke yon timoun laj sa a ki pako fè sèks ta dwe senyen lè yon moun vyole-l. Jinekològ la eksplike tribunal la ke menm si pifò timoun senyen nan ka vyòl, gen eksepsyon. Li te kapab di jij yo pandan pwosè a ke pliske timoun nan pa-t senyen sa pa vle di ke yo pa-t vyole-l. Li te reyisi konvenk jij yo, ki t-ap bay yon lòt vèdik si se pa-t sa, ke vyòl kab fèt san senyman nan ka konsa.

Tou denyèman, yon mèt kay te fè kadejak britalman sou sèvant ki t-ap travay lakay li. Lè fi a pote ka a devan tribunal,devan yon komisè epi apre devan yon koudapèl, tribinal la deklare ke dèske fi a pa-t sove lè yo panse li te gen yon chans, sa vle di te gen konsantman. Pa-t gen konsantman. La ankò, li kouran pou yon fi rete kay moun ki vyole-l la akoz chòk sezisman an ak laperèz. Yon ekspè ka ede jij konprann fenomenn sa a e vinn lakòz viktim nan rive jwenn jistis.

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