Promoting Justice for Mass Atrocities



The Ferencz International Justice Initiative seeks to empower communities affected by genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity in their pursuit of justice for those crimes. In supporting these agents of change, and their local, regional, and international representatives, the Ferencz Initiative strives towards the global pursuit of justice for mass atrocities. In support of this mission, this panel discussion will focus on promoting justice for mass atrocities in places where those fighting for accountability are encountering insufficient domestic and/or international political will to do so. The panelists will share insights from situations in which survivors, affected communities, and their representatives pursued creative avenues to promote justice in the aftermath of mass atrocities, and explore how these lessons apply to current justice efforts in countries like Sri Lanka.

The National Endowment for Democracy is pleased to join with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Ferencz International Justice Initiative in cosponsoring a panel discussion on Thursday, January 25, from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm.


  • Yasmin Sooka, Executive Director, Foundation for Human Rights
  • Frances Harrison, journalist and author
  • Carlos Castresana Fernández, former Commissioner, International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala
  • J. S. Tissainayagam, freelance journalist and former Reagan-Fascell Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy

Welcoming remarks by Anna Cave, director of the Ferencz International Justice Initiative

The discussion will be held in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Classroom B, located on the concourse level of the Museum. Please plan to enter the Museum at the 15th Street entrance. We encourage you to arrive by taxi or public transportation since there is no parking at the Museum.

Thursday, January 25 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Classroom B

RSVP here.

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