Martín-Baró Fund News

The American Psychological Association (APA) has voted to bar involvement by psychologists in national security interrogations conducted by the United States government. Read the New York Times article on the APA ban and the involvements leading up to it. Read the text of the resolution passed by the APA.

The LA Times recently published an op-ed piece, written by Roy Eidelson and Jean Maria Arrigo, criticizing the American Psychological Association's complicit involvement in the US government's use of torture.

Torture Update:

American Psychological Association Finally Takes a Stand on Torture By Brad Olson, Dan Aalbers and Ruth Fallenbaum

Since 2006, the Ignacio Martín-Baró Fund for Mental Health and Human Rights and its supporters have been confronting the American Psychological Association's tacit approval of the involvement of psychologists in torture and other cruel and unusual treatment in U.S. detention facilities. Many of our readers signed our web-based petition demanding a change in APA policy (see below.) Finally, the Martín-Baró Fund and other grassroots groups can declare at least partial victory. Last year, a membership referendum campaign led by activists both within and outside the American Psychological Association resulted in a new, clear policy barring psychologists from working in U.S. detention centers that violate the Constitution or international law unless they are working directly for the detainees themselves or for third-party human rights groups representing the interests of detainees...Read the full article in the Spring, 2009, issue of The Just Word.

CUNY Celebration of the Life and Work of Ignacio Martín-Baró
February 24, 2010

The Graduate Center of The City University of New York (CUNY) held an event to commemorate the life and work of Ignacio Martín-Baró. The day included research presentations, film showings, roundtable discussions and celebration through food, drink, and music. More than 70 people attended and represented a rich and diverse set of backgrounds, skills, and gifts. For more info visit the events page.

Strike for Justice - 2010
March 28, 2010

This year's Bowlathon took place March 28 at Lanes & Games in Cambridge. Eight teams and 32 total bowlers participated, raising over $16,000 in pledges. For more info visit the events page.

Memory and Its Strength: The Martyrs of El Salvador
November 30, 2009

Scholars and supporters who knew the Jesuit martyrs commemorated the 20th anniversary of their deaths in a presentation titled "Memory and Its Strength: The Martyrs of El Salvador" held at Boston College. Speakers included Father Monan, SJ, Professor Noam Chomsky and Father Jon Sobrino, SJ, who recollected their memories of the martyrs, and shared their views regarding the ongoing injustices. For more info visit the events page.

Living Legacies: 20th Anniversary Commemoration of the Martyrs of El Salvador
November 4, 2009

Friends and supporters gathered at Boston College to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the murders of six Jesuit priests and two women at the University of Central America in El Salvador as well as the work of the Ignacio Martín-Baró Fund for Mental Health and Human Rights. The event included a screening of the short film, "A New Person, a New Society" about the Fund, as well as presentations from speakers Donald Monan, S.J., Rodolfo Cardenal, S.J. and Professor Elizabeth Lira. For more info visit the events page.

"A New Person, a New Society"
A new documentary film

Ms. Jenny Alexander of Northern Light Production (NLP) joined the Martín-Baró Fund to produce a short film "A New Person, a New Society," featuring some of the many legacies of Ignacio Martín-Baró, embodied through our work.

To watch the film online click here. To request a copy, or schedule a screening of the film please email us.