Sepur Zarco Sexual Violence Case Begins in Guatemala

A groundbreaking case related to Guatemala’s 36-year civil conflict opened today before High-Risk Court A. It marks the first time that a domestic court has heard charges of sexual slavery as an international crime. We have added background information on the case, and information on the two accused, their defense teams, and the civil parties in the case. Jo-Marie Burt, associate professor of political science at George Mason University and Senior Fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America, will be in situ to observe the Sepur Zarco trial and will provide IJ Monitor with regular reports on the proceedings.