On Friday, June 26, Human Rights USA attorney Colleen Costello spoke at the Conference on Torture and Accountability held at the Catholic University of America. The panel, "Torture in Our Backyard," featured legal experts and human rights advocates from around the country. Colleen outlined the United States' historical role in prosecuting war criminals at Nuremberg, and discussed the ways in which those trials have influenced the shape of international human rights law today -- particularly as it pertains to the punishment of war crimes.
The conference, sponsored by the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC), was but one of many events organized around the country in recognition of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. TASSC is a long-time partner of Human Rights USA, and has provided invaluable assistance in our work over the years.
Attorneys from Human Rights USA recognize the value of education and advocacy, and regularly speak at conferences and other human rights-related events.