Currently, Dr. Burt directs an ongoing research project on the broader process of criminal prosecutions of individuals accused of grave violations of human rights in Peru and the problem of access to justice for poor citizens affected by Peru’s internal armed conflict. This project, which is being carried out in collaboration with Peru’s leading human rights organization, the National Human Rights Coordinator, is funded with the support of an Otros Saberes Initiative grant from the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).
The project website, Human Rights Trials in Peru, publishes original reports on trials in Peru, provides statistical information about trial activity in Peru, and catalogues press reports on human rights prosecutions and related issues. In her blog, A contracorriente, Dr. Burt writes on human rights issues in Spanish for the Peruvian online website La Mula. She is also collaborating with Open Society Justice Initiative on a project focusing on right to truth and human rights investigations in Latin America.
Dr. Burt is co-founder and chair of the Human Rights and Global Justice Working Group at Mason’s Center for Global Studies. The HRGJ Working Group organizes events on campus, promotes collaborative research across disciplinary units, and fosters faculty-student exchanges. The Working Group has organized a film series on Global Justice; a brown bag series featuring faculty research on global justice issues as well as external guest speakers; an international symposium, “Accountability After Mass Atrocity: Latin American and African Examples in Comparative Perspective”; among other events.