Between April 1975 and January 1979, nearly two million Cambodians perished under the brutal dictatorship of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. Scattered throughout the country, the mass graves of innocent civilians became commonly known as “killing fields.” Cambodians who survived have had to live among these ghosts and, in some cases, next door to former Khmer Rouge soldiers responsible for the murder and torture of their families. Many Cambodians fear that the horrors they experienced would be forgotten by the next generation and that there would never be an understanding of the truth behind these crimes or an accounting of those responsible for them.
But there is a possibility for justice.
Over the past several years, CJA has represented Cambodian-American victims before the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, a special court established specifically to adjudicate the crimes committed by the senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge and those most responsible for the crimes. CJA has submitted evidence to the Court on behalf of these victims, some of who testified in person to the horrors they endured under the regime’s rule. CJA now represents more than 100 Cambodian-American civil parties in the three final cases against former Khmer Rouge officials. With your support, CJA attorneys will continue to represent these Khmer Rouge survivors, and hopes to be able to bring clients to Cambodia to witness firsthand what will be a historic ruling for the nation and a major impact on international justiceproceedings.
The end of our fiscal year is just days away, and we need your help to ensure justicefor the Cambodian-Americans determined to pursue justice. Please help us reach our fundraising goal of $20,000. Click here to donate to CJA and allow us to support defenders and survivors on their paths towards justice.
With deep gratitude,
C. Dixon Osburn