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Adam Jacobson


As Researcher, Adam Jacobson provides in-depth research, analysis, and writing on national security issues, including the use of Guantanamo Bay to hold and try terrorism suspects, U.S. federal court terrorism trials, the CIA’s use of torture, and terrorists’ use of U.S. human rights abuses in propaganda. Adam previously assisted the Vice President of Research & Analysis and coordinated the activities of Human Rights First’s coalition of retired Generals and Admirals who advocate for U.S. counterterrorism policy to comply with the rule of law. Adam has been published in Al Jazeera America, The Hill, Just Security, and Perspectives on Global Issues, and his analysis has been quoted by The Huffington Post and TruthOut. He has traveled to Tunisia and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on behalf of Human Rights First.

Before joining Human Rights First, Adam spearheaded the Generations Against Genocide division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which recruited the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors to raise awareness of modern day genocide. He also coordinated the Wiesenthal Center’s advocacy at the United Nations.

Adam earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Mary Washington and an M.S. from New York University’s Center for Global Affairs with a concentration in Transnational Security, where he received the Center’s Global Affairs Excellence and Achievement Award.

Twitter: @adamdjacobson

September 08, 2016
Ten years ago this week, a batch of men arrived at the U.S. military prison facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The CIA had held these men incommunicado in prisons across the world, tortured and hidden...
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August 19, 2016
Last week’s transfer of 15 detainees—12 Yemenis and three Afghans—from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the United Arab Emirates was the largest detainee transfer the Obama Administration...
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June 22, 2016
Last week, in response to an ACLU lawsuit, the CIA released a batch of documents “Related to the Former Detention and Interrogation Program,” including the infamous torture program the agency...
June 15, 2016
This week marks the 50th Periodic Review Board (PRB) hearing at the Guantanamo Bay prison. Though the PRB hearings didn’t start until 2013—two years after President Obama ordered them to—and the...
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