1st U.S. Tribunal Hearings on the Human Rights Crisis in Mexico and Central America || September 25-26, 2015 in New York City


Fuerza Mundial, the ITCPM, the History Department and Hemispheric Center for Performance and Politics at New York University (NYU) and the National Lawyers´ Guild are joining together to host the first U.S. Tribunal hearings on the deepening human rights crisis in Mexico and Central America in all of its relevant dimensions including the role of U.S. aid and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and its connections to mass incarceration and police violence in the U.S.

The Tribunal is timed to coincide with the first anniversary of the forced disappearance of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa in Mexico and with this year’s opening of the United Nations General Assembly and a concurrent visit by Pope Francis. The Tribunal will be dedicated in solidarity with the families of the Ayotzinapa students who have been touring the U.S. expressing their anguish and sorrow and seeking support and justice for their children and public attention to this critical human rights case. The Tribunal hearings will examine key cases of persistent human rights violations in Mexico, against immigrants of Mexican origin in the U.S., and against migrants in transit from Central America and Mexico and especially the continuing exodus of children and youth. The current human rights crisis in Mexico is unprecedented in that country´s history in terms of scale, depth, extent (over 140,000 dead and 26,000 disappeared since 2007, not including a still unknown number of disappeared migrants).

We are urgently seeking your help in bringing the Tribunal to the U.S. By holding this historic event in New York City at the time of the annual session of the UN General Assembly, we are showing that the people of the United States of America stand in solidarity with the nations of the world to hold our leaders accountable, to put an end to human rights violations and insure the safe movement of all people throughout the globe.

Tribunal events include:
1. Fri. Sept. 25 opening event, 6 to 9 PM, Kimmel Center Room 917 Silver, 60 Washington Square South, NYU (welcoming, opening spiritual ceremony, music by Warren Smith and his ensemble, poetry by keynote speaker Martín Espada, silent auction, solidarity messages) (hosts: Prof. Greg Grandin, History Dept. and Marcial Gody-Antivia, Hemispheric Center for Performance and Politics, both NYU, plus National Lawyers´ Guild including sponsorship of the NY chapter of the NLG)
2. Sat. Sept. 26, 9 to 5 PM, tribunal hearings, Meeting Room 475, Global Center for Academic and Spiritual LIfe, NYU (draft schedule attached)
3. Sat5 PM March from NYU to site of evening cultural event at Migrant Center, 135 W. 31st Street at St. Francis of Assisi church (hosted by Father Julian Jagudilla)
4. Jurors will go directly at 5 PM to space set aside for jury deliberationsalso located at the Migrant Center, deliberations from 5:30 to 8:30 PM, focused on input for drafting of initial jury verdict to be presented the next day (see point number 6, below)
5. Sat. evening– Cultural event at Migrant Center, 7 to 9 PM (food provided by Asamblea Popular de Familias Migrantes, APOFAM)
6. Sunday Sept. 27All day cultural festival (“New YorkTlan”) 9 to 5 PM, in celebration of Mexican indigenous cultures in NY, sponsored by APOFAM, at: Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center, 1680 Lexington Ave. bet. 105th and 106th streets; public presentation of initial jury verdict at 12 noon as part of the festival


Ist session, 9:15-10 45 AM

welcome (10 mins.) begin by 9:15

presentation of overall indictment, summary of key cases: 30 mins. (team of prosecutors)

presentation of initial witnesses, testimony, documents in support of overall indictment, key cases: 45 mins. (prosecutors)

questions by members of the jury:  15 mins.

recess 10:45 to 11 AM

2d session, 11 AM to 12:30

presentation of additional cases, witnesses, testimony, docs: 75 mins.

questions by jury:  15 mins.

lunch break: 12:30 to 2

3rd session, 2 to 3:15 PM

additional cases, testimony, docs, etc.: 60 mins.

questions by jury: 15 mins.

recess: 3:15 to 3:30

4th, closing session, 3:30 to 5 PM

additional cases, testimony, docs, etc.  30 mins.

closing arguments: 30 mins.

questions by jury: 30 mins.


6 to 9 PM



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