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Maine’s foster care system was intended to act in the best interests of all children. But for indigenous children removed from their communities and placed with white families, often without the consent of their parents or tribes, the foster care system caused the painful loss of their cultural identity and traumatic severing from their heritage.


For more than a century, Wabanaki children were taken from their families by the state or churches and placed in foster care or schools, where speaking their language or practicing their customs was often forbidden.


Indigenous rights are increasingly being addressed through different transitional justice measures, and ICTJ is actively involved in the discourse on how truth commissions and other transitional justice mechanisms can help the struggle for the rights of indigenous people.


A defense contractor whose subsidiary was accused in a lawsuit of conspiring to torture detainees at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq has paid $5.28 million to 71 former inmates held there and at other U.S.-run detention sites between 2003 and 2007.


Almost two decades after the Clinton administration failed to intervene in the genocide in Rwanda, the United States is coming under harsh criticism for not moving forcefully in another African crisis marked by atrocities and brutal killings, this time in Rwanda’s neighbor, the Democratic Republic of Congo.


For decades, Native American children in Maine were taken from their homes and forced to attend residential schools or live with white foster families.


A former Guatemalan solider accused of taking part in a brutal massacre during the Central American nation's long-lasting and bloody civil war was extradited to the U.S. where he faces immigration fraud charges.


United Nations independent expert on transitional justice Pablo de Greiff today urged world governments not to see transitional justice as a special form of justice. “I call on all relevant actors to resist the tendency to think of transitional justice as a ‘soft’ form of justice,” he said.


Days after the Justice Department closed out its criminal investigation of the deaths of two detainees while in the custody of the C.I.A., new information has surfaced calling into question official accounts of the extent of waterboarding by American interrogators.


A former Bosnian prison camp guard now living in Roanoke County was led in handcuffs to a federal courtroom Tuesday, where he was told he faces extradition to his native country on charges of committing war crimes.