The Time Is Now: A Discussion on Transitional Justice in the United States

Date and time: 
Monday, April 26, 2021 - 15:00 to 16:30

The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), the American Society of International Law, and the Anti-Black Racism Initiative at the University of Maryland cordially invite you to a panel discussion for the launch of ICTJ’s briefing paper, The Color of Justice: Transitional Justice and the Legacy of Slavery and Racism in the United States.

Almost one year after the murder of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor set off protests around the country and the world, calls for a reckoning with the legacy of racial injustice—starting with the genocide of Native Americans and enslavement of African Americans—are gaining momentum in the US. At the federal level, for the first time, racial justice is one of the top four priorities of the new administration. H.R. 40 and H.Con.Res. 19 have a growing number of co-sponsors, and companion bills have been introduced in the Senate. Several states and cities across the country have launched truth-seeking and reparations initiatives, including Maryland and Evanston, IL.

As stakeholders in the US prepare to embark on this journey and design transitional justice processes—initiatives that seek truth, justice, reparations, and reforms—the experiences of other countries can offer useful lessons on how to address root causes, end systemic abuses, and redress harms. 

Join ICTJ, together with Congresswoman Barbara Lee and the Brookings Institution’s Dr. Andre Perry and Dr. Rashawn Ray, for a discussion on the growing demand for racial justice and how to make the most of this window of opportunity to dismantle systemic racism in the US, provide reparations, and advance reforms.

Featuring Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13)


Rashawn Ray, Ph.D. Rubenstein Fellow, Governance Studies, Brookings Institution

Andre Perry, Ph.D. Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Studies Program, Brookings Institution

Virginie Ladisch, Senior Expert, ICTJ

Moderator: Anna Myriam Roccatello, Deputy Executive Director, ICTJ

Introductory Remarks: Fernando Travesi, Executive Director, ICTJ

Register for this event here.