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Human Rights Violations in Latin America

Reparation and Rehabilitation

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  • Shows the relationship between mental health and human rights
  • Shows ethical and professional dimensions
  • A broadened knowledge of working with victims

Part of the book series: Peace Psychology Book Series (PPBS)

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Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. Psychosocial Assistance and Intervention Methodologies

  2. Psychological and Psychosocial Approach and Support During Forensic Examinations and Trials

  3. Psychosocial Reparations: Challenges of Victim’s Recognition


About this book

A timely contribution to the study of peace psychology in Latin America, this volume describes clinical, psychosocial, and community interventions with victims from Mexico to Chile from the 1970s onward. Chapters analyze how to conceptualize complex processes such as the appropriation of children and political repression, raising psychological, juridical, and political implications for the victims, their families, human rights organizations, and society. Also included are studies and analyses of political processes in countries currently undergoing crises such as Venezuela and Colombia and the challenges posed by the peace process from a political psychology perspective. All authors present the results of studies or clinical cases illustrating creative methodologies and practices in different contexts.

This book provides the context for differences in the victims' damages and the treatment approaches and methodologies adopted in each case. The authors outline psychological perspectives grounded in ethical and professional choices based on recognizing people's dignity while seeking rehabilitation and reparations for victims, families, and communities. It paves the way for reparations and rehabilitation, and ultimately to the establishment of democracy and peace in this part of the world.

Readers will benefit from

  • understanding the relationship between mental health and human rights
  • understanding ethical and professional dimensions
  • a broadened knowledge of working with victims

Editors and Affiliations

  • Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Santiago, Chile

    Elizabeth Lira

  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile

    Marcela Cornejo, Germán Morales

About the editors

Elizabeth Lira:  Psychologist (Universidad Católica de Chile, 1971), MSc. in Development Sciences (1977); Post graduate degree in Family Therapy (1989). She worked as clinical psychologist with victims of human rights violations after 1978 in Chile. She received the National Psychology Award “Colegio de Psicólogos”, Chile, 1983; she was awarded in 1991 with the “Sergio Yulis” prize of the Chilean Society of Clinical Psychology;the International Humanitarian Award American Psychological Association in 2002 and the National Prize of Humanities and Social Sciences 2017 in Chile. She was member of the Political Prison and Torture Commission of the Government of Chile: 2003-2005 and 2010-2011. She has published several books and articles on human rights, reparation policies, reconciliation, and memory. Her last book published in 2020 with Brian Loveman (SDSU) is Poder Judicial y Conflictos Políticos. Chile 1973-1990. [Judicial Power and Political Conflicts. Chile 1973-1990]. She has been Dean of the Faculty of Psychology (2014-2022) at the Alberto Hurtado University in Santiago and currently co-researcher in the project “Beyond the victim paradigm: Genealogies of subject performance devices of political violence. Chile, 1973-2018” (Fondecyt N°1190834) in the Interdisciplinary Program in Memory and Human Rights at the same university.

Marcela Cornejo: Psychologist (Universidad Católica de Chile, 1995) and PhD in Psychological Sciences (Université de Louvain, Belgium, 2004). She is the current Chair of the Department of Psychology at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She is an associate researcher at the Millennium Institute for Research on Violence and Democracy, VIODEMOS [ANID - Millennium Science Initiative Program - ICS2019_025], and an adjunct researcher at the Center for the Study of Conflict and Social Cohesion, COES [CONICYT/FONDAP/15130009]. She has devoted over 20 years to the study of topics associated with psychosocial traumas due to political violence; individual and collective working-through processes produced by political violence; processes of biographical construction and collective memory; generational aspects in the comprehension of psychosocial phenomena; and the rationales and practices of qualitative social research. In these topics, she has conducted research projects in collaboration with Chilean and foreign researchers, participating in and organizing conferences and symposiums, publishing papers in several journals, chapters in books, and supervising doctoral theses in Chilean and foreign universities.

Germán MORALES: Clinical Psychologist and MSc in Clinical Psychology, Universidad Católica de Chile. Postgraduate degree in Family Therapy, Instituto Chileno de Terapia Familiar. He has worked as a psychotherapist in several institutions that serve low-income areas and victims of human rights violations such as the clinical teamof the Latin American Institute of Mental Health and Human Rights (ILAS), which received the Chilean National Psychology award (2003). He has taught at several universities and, since 2001, he has been a Professor of the Department of Psychology at the Universidad Católica de Chile. In addition, he belongs to several organizations, including the Chilean Association of Group Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, the Child Systemic Relational Network, and the Chilean Chapter of the International Association of Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis (IARPP-Chile). He has authored several publications on trauma, adolescence, self-care, and professional burnout.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Human Rights Violations in Latin America

  • Book Subtitle: Reparation and Rehabilitation

  • Editors: Elizabeth Lira, Marcela Cornejo, Germán Morales

  • Series Title: Peace Psychology Book Series

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Behavioral Science and Psychology, Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-97541-8Published: 08 May 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-97544-9Published: 08 May 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-97542-5Published: 07 May 2022

  • Series ISSN: 2197-5779

  • Series E-ISSN: 2197-5787

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXI, 286

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Psychology, general

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