The Catholic University of America

Media Advisory

WHAT:

Film Screen and Presentation: "Breaking the Silence - Torture Survivors Speak Out"

WHEN:

4:30-6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13

WHERE:




The Catholic University of America
Columbus School of Law, Room 205
3600 John McCormack Road, N.E.
Washington, D.C.

DETAILS:

The film, "Breaking the Silence - Torture Survivors Speak Out," is based on more than 40 interviews conducted with survivors of torture from around the world. In the film, the survivors recount both their torture and the emotional healing begun through the help of the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International (TASSC), Washington, D.C. TASSC is the only organization in the United States founded by and for torture survivors.

After the screening, Demissie Abebe, executive director of Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International, and Richard J. Wilson, professor of law and founding director of the Human Rights Clinic at American University's Washington College of Law, will speak on the issue of torture. Abebe is a torture survivor himself. Wilson serves on the boards of several human rights organizations. He consults on clinical legal education and access to justice issues throughout the world.

For more information, call Sarah Helene Duggin, director of CUA's Law and Public Policy Program and associate professor at the Columbus School of Law, at 202-319-6073, or Margaret Barry, associate professor of law, at 202-319-6787.

The event is free and open to the public.

SPONSORS:


CUA's Columbus Community Legal Services
CUA's Law and Public Policy Program

MEDIA:
To cover the event, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of
Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.



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