Rountable on June 23, 2017: “Building a Blueprint” (CPA Annual Meeting)

Source: En Vero (English)
June 20, 2017

Building a Blueprint: What can we learn from our successes against false imprisonment to better serve the innocents?

Carribean Philosophical Association – 2017 Annual Meeting

June 23, 2017 at 3pm

Borough of Manhattan Community College
City University of New York


Moderator: David Bertet

With: Guadalupe Lizárraga (Los Angeles Press), Lorena Leal Castaño (FONDEJusticia y Verdad), María Jose Espejo (En Vero), David MacCallum.

There are many assumptions when it comes to working with people who have been unjustly imprisoned or detained. One assumption is that once a person is arrested—even if innocent—there is no way for the person to be released. Another assumption is that in countries such as Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela, the local authorities and legal system are too corrupt to be seen as partners. Within the work of envero, we know that both of these assumptions are not true. However, despite our successes, the numbers of innocents that are currently behind bars is alarmingly too high. This roundtable will shed light on the falsely accused who are still waiting for justice to be served. Is there a commonality between victims that makes them susceptible to false arrest? We will also explore the genesis of false arrests in hopes of providing an end to the practice. And finally, we will look at the successes of the falsely accused being released. What can we learn from those cases and the work of people on all sides to ensure justice was served?

With the support of the Fonds de Recherche sur la Société et la Culture – Québec (FRQSC)