The Abominable Crime - October 21, 2013

    A community event, open to the public. Presented by the Inter-American Center for Human Rights of the Shepard Broad Law Center located at Nova Southeastern University, in conjunction with the University School.

    “The Abominable Crime is a documentary that explores the culture of homophobia in Jamaica through the eyes of gay Jamaicans who are forced to choose between their homeland and their lives after their sexual orientations are exposed. In Jamaica being gay is a crime, homophobia is the status quo, and violence against the LGBT community is widely approved and accepted. Today, people like Simone and Maurice, the two stories documented in the film, must choose between their lives and their homeland -- exile or death.”

    Maurice, Jamaica's leading human-rights activist, was outed shortly after filing a lawsuit challenging his country’s anti-sodomy law. After receiving a flood of death threats, he escapes to Canada, and then risks everything to return to continue his activism. He will be speaking after the screening of the film to personally share his experience.*

    This event is co-sponsored by the University School, the Black Law Student Association, the Hispanic Law Student Association, and Kaplan Bar Review.

    *Please note information used was obtained from The Abominable Crime website.