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Sheridan Circle Memorial Service 2020 (Virtual)

September 20, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

44th Anniversary Sheridan Circle Letelier-Moffitt Memorial Program (Virtual)

Sunday, September 20, 1 pm – 2 pm EASTERN

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 four decades, the pursuit of justice for their murders has been a symbol of hope for victims of tyranny everywhere.

Every year, human rights activists, friends, family, and colleagues gather in remembrance of Letelier and Moffitt and to reflect on the ongoing struggle for human rights around the world. Due to the pandemic, this year’s event will be held virtually, via Zoom.


  • Peter and Cora Weiss. Peter chaired the IPS board at the time of the assassination and is a renowned international human rights lawyer. Cora is a long-time leader of global peace movements.
  • Isabel, Francisco, and other members of the Letelier family.
  • E. Ethelbert Miller, poet and former IPS board chair.
  • A video appearance by the late Saul Landau.

Emcees: John Cavanagh and Sarah Anderson, Institute for Policy Studies.

Other speakers tba.


The Institute for Policy Studies also invites you to the 44th Annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards, Thursday, October 15, 7 pm EASTERN. This event will also be held virtually.


September 20, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Online Zoom Event