Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Press Release and Tour Details: Maria Dolores

Maria Dolores Itzep, indigenous Guatemalan

lawyer will be touring the Maritimes

From March 21st to April 5th, 2009, the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network (BTS) will be hosting a tour by Maria Dolores Itzep an indigenous lawyer from Guatemala.

Maria Dolores will be talking with university classes in Sackville, N.B., Charlottetown and Fredericton, and will be speaking to the public in Sackville, N.B., Bridgewater and Halifax.

Please see for the full details. If you would like to speak with Maria Dolores please call Janelle at 902-453-6191.

Maria Dolores Itzep is a lawyer with the Community Legal Centre in Rabinal, Guatemala.
As an indigenous Achi woman raised in the community, she has dedicated her legal career to working with survivors of human rights abuses that took place in this region during Guatemala’s internal armed conflict.

The Legal Centre provides free legal services to those seeking justice for human rights abuses, land conflicts, and cases of violence against women. Maria Dolores is involved with bringing cases before the Inter-American Human Rights Court and is also representing the Achi people in the genocide case being carried out in Spain.

Since 2007, she has also been responsible for bringing cases forward to the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights in Washington.


Fri. March 20 Flight with the Interns, to Tatamagouche with KATHRYN

Sat. March 21 Orientation in Tatamagouche with Jackie, Kathryn, Janelle confirmed to Antigonish late afternoon and staying with Jeanette Fecteau and Clem
Wyanne will ask Terry and Sandra over Sat. evening to provide translation while Jackie is with the St. FX re-entry gathering

Sun. March 22 tour of Antigonish and area. Potluck in the evening at Jane Moseley's, with informal sharing after supper.

Mon. March 23 Morning - visit to Mik'maq community near Antigonish (Afton).
Afternoon - informal visit to Antigonish Women's Centre.

Evening - speak to a smalll seminar class on indigenous justice.
*Yvette Michaud drives to Antigonish Mon. afternoon, and will also need to be billeted. Yvette takes her to Sackville and then on to PEI

Tues. March 24 To Sackville NB Speak at Mount Allison following showing of Rainmakers video (others can use this as well) (LEAH HUFF responsible)

Wed./Thurs. March 25/26 to PEI

Fri. March 27 to Tata – BTS AGM (YVETTE, MARGIE) Yvette will be able to accompany MD at the AGM and Margie has arranged to bring MD to the BTS AGM

Sun., March 29 Travel to Fredericton after the AGM with Jackie, stay at Judy’s

Jackie will then be available to accompany MD throughout the rest of her trip.

Mon. March 30th Fredericton

Tues. March 31st Fredericton – talk with law class at noon. (JUDY)

Wed. April 1 Halifax (JANELLE and MARIAN)
MD and Jackie can stay at Yvette’s and Yvette can also drive them around and will host a potluck and talk

Thurs. April 2 event at Bridgewater High School

Fri. April 3rd Halifax

Sat. April 4 meeting with law/Dal Legal Aid? (Emily) evaluation in Halifax (JACKIE)

Sun., April 5th Flight from Halifax to Washington (JANELLE, YVETTE, JACKIE)

Monday, April 6/7/8th Marie Dolores has an audience with the Human Rights Court

Thurs., April 9th – Maria Dolores visits University of Texas in Austin

Sat. April 11th- back to Guatemala