José Pablo Baraybar awarded the 2011 Judith Lee Stronach Human Rights Award by the Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) This year’s Judith Lee Stronach Human Rights Award has been given to Jose Pablo Baraybar, Executive Director of the Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team (EPAF). Pamela Merchant, Director of the Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA), stated that the award is given to honor Baraybar’s “extraordinary commitment to human rights, his partnership with CJA on behalf of survivors of human rights abuses in Peru, and his groundbreaking work in forensic anthropology as an effective tool in the investigation of human rights violations.” Under Baraybar’s leadership, EPAF has successfully contributed to the investigation of forced disappearances and exhumations of mass graves in emblematic cases from Peru’s internal armed conflict, including Accomarca, Putis, Cabitos, and La Cantuta. “We receive this news as a recognition of our work,” Baraybar stated, “but also with a pledge to the family members of the more than 15,000 people who are still missing from the conflict. We will continue to support your legitimate demands for truth and justice, both from governments past and present.” CJA, represented the victims of the 1985 Accomarca massacre before the State Court in Miami, where the alleged perpetrator, Peruvian Army commander Telmo Hurtado, currently awaits extradition to Peru. The Judith Stronach Award is given annually to an individual or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the movement for global justice. Previous recipients include the Myrna Mack Foundation of Guatemala, Paul Hoffman, Harold Hongju Koh, and the Haitian human rights organization, Bureau Des Avocats Internationaux. The award will be presented in San Francisco, California in April/May 2011.