Investigate

Genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes are being committed across the globe without any legal consequences. Cultural artifacts are looted for profit and those left behind lose their land to corporations looking to take advantage of countries in trouble. In too many places, perpetrators and their enablers have no fear of facing justice in a court of law and are often impervious to naming and shaming.

We pursue perpetrators and enablers of international crimes through the courts and support survivors as they seek justice. Gathering evidence during in-depth investigations is essential to this work so we can trigger cases and represent victims and their families.

How We Investigate

CFJ’s initiatives have a diverse network of partners and experts, including regional and thematic specialists, forensic medical experts, weapons experts, forensic anthropologists, finance and taxation experts, open-source investigators, digital forensics specialists, and other professionals to support our investigations.

The Docket uses open-source intelligence, satellite and other imagery analysis, digital forensics, and other innovative methods to investigate international crimes including genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. We collect witness testimony and obtain other evidence in the field and focus on gathering the type of evidence that will ultimately allow us to trigger legal cases against perpetrators in national or international courts.

The Sentry, and its team of forensic accountants have for years successfully ‘followed the money’ of corrupt leaders in Africa and triggered the imposition of financial sanctions against them.

TrialWatch gathers data from around the world on how open and fair justice systems are, and will be using this information to publish a Global Justice Ranking.

What We Investigate