Almudena Bernabeu se volvió la abogada principal en el Caso del Genocidio Guatemalteco en 2006 en la Audiencia Nacional de España. Ha traido más de 30 testigos a España y presidido más de 60 horas de testimonio. Coleccionó evidencia para solidificar los cargos de genocidio y probar la cadena de mano para condenar oficiales superiores del Ejército de Guatemala. Como abogada internacional del Centro de Justicia y Responsabilidad (CJA) basado en San Francisco, está dirigiendo el equipo legal que enjuicia a oficiales superiores del ejército salvadoreño para el masacre de sacerdotes jesuitas en 1989. Almudena dirige el programa de Latina América del CJA, y actualmente es la vicepresidenta de la Asociasión Española de Derechos Humanos en Madrid. En este video Almudena habla de su experiencia en la sala de justicia.
But I have to forget about the judge and the prosecutors and when the case is litigated the defendants’ lawyers’ faces. And I have to focus on my guy, and in this context that we don’t have defense attorneys all I’m thinking is, how important is for this person to be here. Today I was just thinking, I don’t care if the judge is nervous because we are going too long or if I have to be asking this question. Look how Domingo is giving me these looks confirming, you know, sometimes looking for the affirmation that something that he said was well said because, you know, his Spanish was not all that good. And every single time I did, because I’m not suppose to do a lot of nodding but I’m, you know, legally speaking, but I tried to do it very gently and every time I did he gave this smile you know, like, when I confirm what he was – Oy and it just warmed my heart, it’s like, this is going so well for him. You know that’s what I was thinking. This is for them; this is their moment. It’s not for me, that’s that I thought, this is not for the judge. Forget about the judge, forget about the lawyers, forget about everybody, and all the problems I have to face tomorrow about this other thing, this is for them.