Dr. Gladys Monterroso, a Guatemalan law professor, human rights advocate and torture survivor, will present her testimony at a special VCU event on Tuesday, October 20, 2009.
The 1:00 PM discussion will be followed by Dr. Monterroso’s testimony at 2:00 PM at the Pace Center on the VCU academic campus, 700 W. Franklin Street.
Gladys Monterroso was victim to kidnapping and torture in the spring of 2009. During her April visit to the Guatemalan Human Rights Commission office, Dr. Monterroso said, “I had a normal life before March 25. I thought I understood the victims of violence in Guatemala. Now that I am a victim, I realize that I never understood fully what it means to experience that level of violence. Why me? What did I do to deserve this? My life is forever marked, divided into before and after March 25, 2009.”
Gladys is not a human rights worker. She is a lawyer, professor, party secretary, and mother of two. She is a victim of politically motivated violence. She is courageously speaking out in universities, churches and communities up and down the East Coast to bring attention to:
*the horrific levels of violence in Guatemala
*violence against women
*politically motivated violence
*violence as a push factor for migration to the US
*victims of torture in present day Guatemala
Dr. Monterroso is a law professor at the University of San Carlos in Guatemala City, and a licensed tax lawyer. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Economics. Until she was attacked earlier this year, she worked as the secretary for congresswoman Nineth Montenegro of the political party Encuentro por Guatemala. In 2005 she was one of eight lawyers selected for recognition by the Guatemalan Constitutional Court and in 2007 she earned the “Valuable Literary Contribution and Academic Career Award” from the Dean of the Law and Social Sciences Faculty at the University of San Carlos.
Dr. Monterroso’s VCU speaking event is co-sponsored by the Guatemalan Human Rights Commission, VCU La Milpa: Guatemalan Interest Group, the Highland Support Project Club at VCU and the VCU Office of International Education, Institute for Women’s Health, and School of Social Work. For additional information on the VCU Richmond Event, please contact Dr. Karen Smith Rotabi at firstname.lastname@example.org See Dr. Rotabi’s photo journal about her meeting with Dr. Monterroso.