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Retired Military Leaders

These leaders know firsthand that the country’s ideals are a national security asset.

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January 17, 2017 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today praised the transfer of ten Guantanamo detainees to Oman this weekend, and encourages the Obama Administration to continue to transfer the remaining nine...
January 12, 2017 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today praised statements made by cabinet nominees during confirmation hearings this week rejecting the use of torture, and reiterates its call for President-elect...
January 11, 2017 Washington, D.C.—Fifteen years ago today, the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba received its first twenty prisoners in the aftermath of the attacks on 9/11. As President Obama prepares...
January 09, 2017 Top Items Confirmation Hearings Confirmation hearings will begin in the Senate this week for several nominees for key cabinet positions in the new administration including Senator Jeff Sessions...
January 05, 2017 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today praised the transfer of four Yemeni Guantanamo detainees to Saudi Arabia, and encourages President Obama to continue to transfer the remaining cleared...
December 28, 2016 When I retired from the Marine Corps, like all of my friends who served, I reflected on my experience and wondered if I could find something as meaningful and important. I often revisited the words...
December 19, 2016 TOP ITEMS Statement of Principles As 2016 draws to a close and the next administration readies to take office, Human Rights First and a coalition of 20 of the nation’s largest human rights and...

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October 10, 2016
Film Screening and Discussion

 

Vets for American Ideals, in partnership with No One Left Behind and MilVets of Columbia University, will host a screening of the award-winning documentary Salam Neighbor to raise awareness of the millions of men, women, and children forced to flee their homes due to conflict.

Resources

Factsheet | December 12, 2016
The Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Program 2009-2016 What is the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Program? In 2009, Congress passed the Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009. The act...
Testimony | September 28, 2016
Download Statement for the Record of Emir Hadzic, Gunnery Sergeant, USMC (Ret.) Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest “Oversight of the...
Letter | June 30, 2016
  Download Letter to Republican National Committee Download Letter to Democratic National Committee As retired military leaders of the U.S. Armed Forces, we committed our professional...
Testimony | April 28, 2016
The goal of terrorism is to change behavior and to make us live in fear. On 9/11 America changed. In September 2001 I was a new brigadier general at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina commanding an 8,...