La historia de International Rights Advocates (IRAdvocates) se remonta a los 1980 cuando la organización operaba como el departamento de litigio del International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF). Terry Collingsworth, el director ejecutivo de IRAdvocates, fue el Abogado General y después el Director Ejecutivo del ILRF. En 2007, Sr. Collingsworth y el equipo legal de ILRF se separaron del ILRF para formar una entidad aparte, enfocada en el litigio contra corporaciones estadounidenses por violaciones de derechos humanos cometidos fuera del país, principalmente bajo el Estatuto Alien Tort.
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While many victims of human rights violations overseas have chosen to bring claims in federal courts in the U.S. under the Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA) or the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), state courts also provide an important forum for such claims.
The Torture Victims Protection Act (TVPA) provides for the filing of civil suits in the United States against individuals who have committed or aided and abetted acts of torture and/or extrajudicial killing. Passed in 1991, the statute was intended to codify private rights of action for torture and extrajudicial killing; enhance the remedy already available under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) by extending it to U.S. citizens tortured abroad; and to carry out the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which the U.S.
The Alien Tort Statute (ATS) allows non-U.S. citizens to bring claims for human rights violations in the United States. Enacted by the first Congress in 1789, the ATS provides American courts with jurisdiction over cases in which an “alien” sues for violations of the “law of nations” or a treaty to which the United States is a party.
International Rights Advocates promotes human rights and corporate accountability through legal advocacy and capacity building.
International Rights Advocates promotes human rights and corporate accountability through legal advocacy and capacity building. Our legal advocacy most often takes the form of supporting litigation under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), the Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA), and state law. For more information on our legal advocacy, see Our Cases.
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The history of International Rights Advocates (IRAdvocates) dates back to the late 1980’s when the organization operated as the litigation department of the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF). Terry Collingsworth, the Executive Director of IRAdvocates, was formerly General Counsel and later Executive Director of ILRF. In 2007, Mr.
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