Support Claudia Paz y Paz and Justice in Guatemala
Meet Dr. Claudia Paz y Paz Bailey – Guatemala’s first female Attorney General. She is a respected criminal law specialist and judge with over 18 years of experience and is also the founder of a human rights organization, the Institute for Comparative Criminal Studies of Guatemala (ICCPG).
Since being appointed to the Prosecutor’s office in December 2010, Paz y Paz has worked tirelessly to ensure perpetrators of mass human rights atrocities face accountability and justice for their crimes. Paz y Paz’s office built the case to order former President of Guatemala, Efraín Ríos Montt to trial for crimes against humanity, including genocide and sexual violence from over 20 years ago. The specialized “high-risk” court where Ríos Montt was tried was created under her term, and the prosecution was a major turning point in the path towards truth, justice and reconciliation in Guatemala.
For her efforts to prosecute “criminals who previously thought themselves to be untouchable,” Paz y Paz faces constant threats to her safety.
Paz y Paz’s work requires a great deal of courage. Let’s keep her in the spotlight.
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