Archive, Film Series, Lectures

Jessica Gonzales vs. The United States of America

Screening and discussion with filmmakers Katia Maguire and April Hayes


JESSICA GONZALES VS. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is the story of a domestic violence survivor’s groundbreaking quest to strengthen the legal rights of millions of women and children in the U.S.

In 1999, Jessica Gonzales’ three daughters were killed when police refused to enforce a restraining order against her estranged husband, who had abducted them earlier that night. Devastated, yet determined to prevent this tragedy from happening to other families suffering domestic violence, Jessica filed a lawsuit against the police for not enforcing the restraining order and pursued it to the Supreme Court, and when that failed, she brought a pathbreaking case against the United States before an international tribunal, the InterAmerican Commission for Human Rights.  Along the way, Jessica has become a powerful and effective advocate for human rights.


As a Professor at Columbia Law School, Professor Rosenblum collaborated closely with Jessica and the film makers while working on the international litigation.  He will moderate the discussion.

Co-sponsored by BRAVE.


For more information about the film, click here.





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