Friday, February 21, 2014
Mariano Gaitan on the Story of the Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo
The Occidental community is invited to a special class by Mariano Gaitan on "Finding Their Disappeared Grandchildren: The Story of the Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo".
As a staff attorney at the Argentine NGO Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, Mariano Gaitan has investigated cases of infants who were kidnapped along with their parents during the years of the Argentine Dirty War (1973-1983), or born in captivity to mothers who were later "disappeared". These children, often sold or given in adoption by the security forces to new parents, lost all links to their biological families. A faculty member at the University of Buenos Aires School of Law, a researcher on criminal law and human rights, and a committed advocate and litigator against impunity, Mr. Gaitan will discuss the work done at Abuelas to locate these missing children (now adults), restore their true identity, and reestablish links with their biological families.