STRATEGIC LITIGATION DIRECTOR
David Morales is the chief prosecutor in the El Mozote case. Morales has 25 years of experience as a human rights lawyer. Last fall, he helped expand Cristosal's Observatory on Forced Displacement by Violence into Guatemala and Honduras.
Morales was the Ombudsman for Human Rights in El Salvador from 2013 to 2016. Thanks to his leadership, the Ombudsman’s office worked closely with Cristosal to release the first government report recognizing forced displacement by violence. He continues to encourage the Salvadoran government to establish policies and procedures for victims of violence through his work with Cristosal.
"Civil society and our organizations can offer support to victims," Morales says, "but in the end it is the state that needs to assume this role. Cristosal has taken on the task of changing public policies so that the state takes up the responsibility to defend the human rights of victims of violence. My dream would be that the state eventually fulfills its obligations to families; that they fulfill their responsibilities in a way that truly assists and protects victims that have been abandoned."