Close the SOA/WHINSEC Training Center

Training for Torture

The U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA) has trained thousands of Latin American military officers who return to their home countries to intimidate, torture, and murder their own citizens.  SOA has been linked to the most serious human rights violations in the hemisphere. 

U.S. Prepares Murderers of Pastors and Church Workers

In El Salvador alone, SOA graduates were responsible for the murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero, four North American church women, six Jesuit priests and their 2 women co-workers, and over 700 people in the village of El Mozote.  As photos of torture emerged from the Abu Ghraib prison in 2004, SOA Watch activists around the country made the links between today's acts of torture in Iraqi prisons and the U.S. Army's documented history of teaching torture techniques at SOA/WHINSEC to Latin American military. 

Legislative Advocacy and Vigil

Since 1991, CRLN has organized annual delegations to Washington for visits with members of Congress from Illinois to ask them to co-sponsor legislation to close SOA, now WHINSEC.  CRLN sustained efforts have had very positive results, as 10 of 19 Illinois reps - a majority - co-sponsor such legislation. Each November since 1997, CRLN has organized a delegation from Illinois to join thousands of Americans in the national vigil and non-violent protest at Ft. Benning, GA to close SOA/WHINSEC.  CRLN will return each November until the SOA/WHINSEC is closed.