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39th Annual Letelier-Moffitt Memorial Program

September 13, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


  • His Excellency Juan Gabriel Valdés, Ambassador of Chile to the United States and former colleague of Orlando Letelier at the Institute for Policy Studies
  • Cristian Letelier, son of Orlando Letelier
  • Dr. Frank Smith, Director, African American Civil War Museum, and former IPS fellow (late-1960s and 1970s)
  • Gavin Weiss, member of Ronni Karpen Moffitt family
  • Sarah Browning, co-founder and Executive Director of Split This Rock, which cultivates, teaches, and celebrates poetry that bears witness to injustice and provokes social change.
  • Music: David Rabin
  • Emcee: Tiffany Williams, IPS Associate Director


On September 21, 1976, agents of the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile detonated a car bomb on Washington, DC’s Embassy Row, taking the lives but not the memory of Institute for Policy Studies colleagues Orlando Letelier and Ronni Karpen Moffitt.

Letelier, a former Chilean ambassador to the United States, had become one of the most outspoken critics of the Pinochet regime. Moffitt was a 25-year-old IPS development associate. For more than three decades, the pursuit of justice for their murders has been a symbol of hope for victims of tyranny everywhere.

On this memorial Sunday, human rights activists, friends, family, and colleagues will gather in remembrance of Letelier and Moffitt and to reflect on the ongoing struggle for human rights around the world.

This program will take place outdoors at the site of the assassination and end with a laying of flowers on the Letelier-Moffitt memorial across the street from Sheridan Circle.

For more information:, tel: 202 234-9382


September 13, 2015
10:00 am - 11:00 am


Sheridan Circle
23rd St and Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC United States
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