Seattle University Welcomes Jason Puracal, Recently Freed Nicaraguan Prisoner


Freed after spending two years in a Nicaraguan prison, Tacoma resident Jason Puracal will share his story at the Seattle University School of Law next Monday. Puracal’s sister Janis, a 2007 graduate of the law school, devoted herself to representing and freeing her brother, who she said was wrongfully convicted of money laundering and drug trafficking despite conclusive evidence of his innocence. The trial proceedings were rife with violations of Nicaraguan and international law, and he suffered abuses of basic human rights during his detention.   

Now that Puracal is home and reunited with his family, he will speak about the pervasive criminal justice problems in Nicaragua and urge institutional and legal reform in that country.   

The School of Law’s International Human Rights Clinic is currently advising Puracal on international legal strategies for redress. That effort is led by Professor Tom Antkowiak, who teaches the clinic and directs the law school’s Latin America Program.   

The event is free and open to the public.  

WHEN: Monday, October 22, 2012 
            12 p.m.   

WHERE: Sullivan Hall (SU School of Law Building) 
              Room C-5 
              Corner of 12th Ave & Columbia St.      

For more information about Jason and Janis, click here.