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December 02, 2014
Washington, D.C. – In response to reports that President Obama has selected Ashton Carter as his nominee for Secretary of Defense, Human Rights First urges the new secretary to prioritize closing the...
November 25, 2014
Washington, D.C.– As President Obama chooses a nominee to replace outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Human Rights First urges him to select a candidate who can oversee the completion of...
November 20, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First welcomes the transfer of five cleared Guantanamo detainees to Europe, bringing the prison’s population down to 143.  The transfer constitutes significant...
November 07, 2014
Everyone involved with the Military Commission at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba this week was focused on one issue: When will it end? Whether it was the defense counsel, prosecution, the judge, victims’...
October 22, 2014
The military commission trials at the prison camp in Guantanamo Bay have been fraught with problems. Hearings are often cancelled at the last minute, and only eight people—of the hundreds who have...
October 21, 2014
This month, Elisa Massimno appeared on the talk show Conversations in the Digital Age with Jim Zirin to discuss the state of human rights in the world today. On the heels of her inspiring keynote...
October 21, 2014
By: Michael Joseph, a retired partner at Blank Rome LLP I began representing asylum seekers four years ago following retirement from 50 years as a securities lawyer and regulatory...

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Letter | February 11, 2015
February 5, 2015 Representative Vicky Hartzler United States House of Representatives 2235 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Representative Jackie...
Letter | February 11, 2015
February 10, 2015 Dear Senator, I am a member of a coalition of more than 50 retired general and admirals of the United States Armed Forces who have consistently worked to find a way to...
Transcription | February 10, 2015
Elisa Massimino Keynote Address American Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting Center for Human Rights Annual Luncheon Houston, Texas February 9, 2015. Thank you so much for that kind introduction...
Issue Brief | February 04, 2015
The prison at Guantanamo Bay, which now holds 122 detainees, is vastly more expensive to operate than the equivalent federal prisons. Indeed, it’s come to be called “the most expensive prison on...