The Signal (Episode 9) | Feminicide, Impunity, and the U.S.’s Bloody History in Guatemala, with Victoria Sanford

Victoria speaks about her new book "Textures of Terror: The Murder of Claudina Isabel Velasquez and Her Father's Quest for Justice," which she wrote, in part, "to help readers understand the violence and corruption that drives migration."

Victoria Sanford is a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow and Professor of Anthropology at City University of New York. She has given expert testimony on the Guatemalan genocide in international courts and authored seven books, including Buried Secrets: Truth and Human Rights in Guatemala, and most recently, Textures of Terror: The Murder of Claudina Isabel Velasquez and Her Father’s Quest for Justice, which was just published in May. I speak with Victoria about her new book, the U.S.’s bloody history in Guatemala, and the endemic of feminicide and impunity in this Central American nation.

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Host Cyril Mychalejko’s 5 Book Recommendations to Further Shine a Light on Guatemala (in addition to Victoria’s books)

  1. Guatemala: Never Again, by Recovery of Historical Memory Project (REMHI) Human Rights Office, Archdiocese of Guatemala
  2. I, Rigoberta Menchú, by Rigoberta Menchú
  3. Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala, by Stephen Kinzer
  4. War by Other Means: Aftermath in Post-Genocide Guatemala, edited by Carlota McAllister, Diane M. Nelson
  5. Paper Cadavers: The Archives of Dictatorship in Guatemala, by Kirsten Weld




The Signal is produced by Kevin Mahoney, Raging Chicken Media.

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Cyril Mychalejko is the Editor-in-Chief of the Bucks County Beacon. Read his columns on Sundays and follow him on Twitter.

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