Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Justice in El Salvador

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Justice in El Salvador

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* When the four American churchwomen were brutally raped and killed in El Salvador in 1980, a beacon of hope was Robert White, then U.S. ambassador. He immediately promised to seek justice for the senseless murders of Maryknoll Srs. Maura Clarke and Ita Ford, Ursuline Sr. Dorothy Kazel, and Jean Donovan.

After 34 long years, White should feel some sense of vindication for his untiring efforts to bring about justice with the possible deportation to El Salvador of Jose Guillermo Garcia, who lived in luxury in Florida for so many years (NCR, May 9-22).

White consistently has stood up against high-ranking U.S. government officials, never wavering in his determination to convict those guilty of this unthinkable crime. Garcia never should have been allowed to enter the U.S. His return to El Salvador is long overdue. The families of the four churchwomen finally might feel some sense of satisfaction knowing that Garcia will have to face judgment in El Salvador.

* In early July 1982, I visited El Salvador with a small delegation representing the Long Island Catholic Peace Fellowship. We met with U.S. Ambassador Deane Hinton, urging him to push for an end to U.S. military aid to El Salvador, and to use his office to pressure the government of El Salvador to end the bloody repression of its own people.

Months later, Hinton began criticizing the Salvadoran government's human rights record, and that right-wing "death squads" were a growing threat. …

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