Laura Raymond

Laura Raymond is the Education and Outreach Associate for CCR’s International Human Rights docket.  She joined CCR in 2008. Prior to CCR Laura was the National Student Organizer for the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and an active member of the NLG’s National Executive Committee, Anti-Racism Committee, Mass Defense Committee and International Committee. She is the co-editor of The Global Activists Manual: Local Ways to Change the World, published by Nation Books in 2002, and the author of numerous articles on human rights issues and organizing. Contact Laura at lauraraymond21@gmail.com

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 8:54am
Do Private Military Contractors Have Impunity to Torture?
Unbelievably, in 2011 this question has not yet been settled in the courts of the United States. Human rights attorneys are headed back to court in the coming month to argue that, yes, victims of war crimes and torture by contractors should have a path to justice. Attorneys from my organization, the Center for Constitutional Rights, along with co-counsel, are representing Iraqi civilians who were horribly tortured in Abu Ghraib and other detention centers in Iraq in seeking to hold accountable two private contractors for their violations of international, federal and state law.
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Friday, March 18, 2011 - 7:57am
Haiti’s Displaced: Caught Between Greedy Landlords and an Absentee Government
Today the Center for Constitutional Rights delegation in Haiti visited the Barbancourt II displacement camp in Port-Au-Prince. This camp is home to 310 families who lost their homes in the earthquake and have set up tents, tarps and corrugated metal structures with the few possessions they have left on the corner of an industrial company’s property. We talked with camp leaders and other residents who told us that the owner has notified them that they will be evicted in a week.
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Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 8:56am
Honduras: Crisis and Progress
Today, October 21, the democratic resistance in Honduras will celebrate Artists in Resistance Day. This event contrasts directly with today’s official recognition of Honduras Armed Forces day. The resistance, which is working for a truly democratic Honduras, renamed the day and created an alternative celebration because of a brutal police attack on musicians and others last month that left one dead and scores injured.
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010 - 8:21am
Another False Ending: Contracting out the Iraq Occupation
Another false ending to the Iraq war is being declared. Nearly seven years after George Bush’s infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech on the USS Abraham Lincoln, President Obama has just given a major address to mark the withdrawal of all but 50,000 combat troops from Iraq. But, while thousands of US troops are marching out, thousands of additional private military contractors (PMCs) are marching in. The number of armed security contractors in Iraq will more than double in the coming months.
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Monday, June 28, 2010 - 7:57am
One Year Later: Honduras Resistance Strong Despite US-Supported Coup
One year ago, on June 28, 2009, Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was awakened by gunfire. A coup was carried out by US-trained military officers, including graduates of the infamous US Army School of the Americas (WHINSEC) in Georgia. President Zelaya was illegally taken to Costa Rica.
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 12:32pm
Haiti Hurricane Devastation Remains One Year Later
Until the summer of 2008, Orlande Noel supported his family of eight by operating a trucking business in Gonaives, Haiti, a town of around two hundred thousand people. Then four huge tropical storms and hurricanes slammed into Haiti in 30 days. Massive mudslides and flooding roared down the deforested mountains into Gonaives. Tens of thousands of homes were destroyed and people were trapped on rooftops for days.
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