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Human rights fact-finding aims to uncover and describe human rights concerns to expose both the abuses themselves and the factors that enable their perpetuation. Giving voice to survivors and victims is central to the fact-finding methodology: After all, “. . . if one really wishes to know how justice is administered in a country . . . [o]ne goes to the unprotected – those, precisely, who need the law’s protection most – and listens to their testimony.”

Through Georgetown Law’s Fact-Finding Practicum, the Human Rights Institute works with a small group of students on a cutting-edge human rights research project each year. Student researchers develop the focus of the project and design their research methodology, conduct extensive interviews with stakeholders on the ground, draft a comprehensive report on their findings, and engage in related advocacy. The report you are about to read, “Trapped: Cycles of Violence and Discrimination Against LGBT Persons in Guyana,” is a product of these efforts.


Preface to Trapped: Cycles of Violence and Discrimination Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons in Guyana

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