Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Domestic Violence as a Human Rights Violation: Jessica Lenahan (Gonzales) v. US

The ABA Section of International Law's International Human Rights Committee in Cooperation with the Human Rights Clinic at University of Miami School of Law is pleased to announce a FREE teleconference on April 26, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. EDT discussing the use of international human rights systems to address domestic violence cases.

The teleconference will introduce participants to the Jessica Gonzales case that was filed with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; discuss the use of international human rights mechanisms to address domestic violence issues, and; engage in a comparative analysis of European human rights mechanisms and how the case might have been adjudicated in Europe.

Jessica Gonzales, a domestic violence survivor from Colorado whose three children were killed when local police failed to enforce a restraining order against her estranged husband, filed suit against the Town of Castle Rock that went before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Commission's acceptance of jurisdiction in this matter marks the first time the Commission has been asked to consider the nature and extent of the U.S. Government's affirmative obligations to protect individuals from private acts of discriminatory violence.

  • Professor Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, Director of the Human Rights Clinic at University of Miami Law
  • Professor Margaret B. Drew, Professor of Clinical Law and the Director of Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic at University of Cincinnati College of Law
  • Jessica Sandberg, Family Law attorney at The Law Firm of Jessica Sandberg; Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Section International Family Law Committee
  • Vivian Huelgo, Chief Counsel to the Commission on Domestic Violence of the ABA (moderator)
Listeners are invited to e-mail their questions during the call to Vivian at Vivian will read your questions to the moderators at the end of the presentation.

For resources on the Jessica Gonzales case, please visit the links below:

1 comment:

  1. I too am seeking justice for my child through the IACHR. I exhausted the resources our country gives us when government officials engage in corrupt activity and they ignored it. So, I turned to the IACHR for justice on behalf of my child who alleges to have been sexually and physically assaulted (documented) I provided them with documentation supporting the allegations of police and judicial corruption and I look forward to their decision one that I believe will only help future bring about changes to protect women and children.