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Assassination of a SaintThe Plot to Murder Óscar Romero and the Quest to Bring His Killers to Justice$
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Matt Eisenbrandt and Benjamín Cuéllar

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286795

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286795.001.0001

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“In Violation of the Law of Nations”

“In Violation of the Law of Nations”

The Romero Assassination Comes to the United States

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Assassination of a Saint

Matt Eisenbrandt

University of California Press

In 2001, a man working with the Center for Justice & Accountability (CJA) saw Alvaro Saravia in a lawyer’s office in San Francisco, California, and recognized him as one of Romero’s killers. CJA plays a role in the international justice movement that seeks to hold accountable those who commit atrocities, and CJA has a focus on bring U.S. cases under the Alien Tort Statute. This chapter describes the history of U.S. litigation using the Alien Tort Statute and the rise of CJA as an important human rights organization with a specific focus on cases involving El Salvador. The chapter concludes with CJA’s trip to search for Saravia near his home in Modesto, California.

Keywords:   CJA, Alien Tort Statute, Saravia, El Salvador, Modesto

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