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Closing Guantanamo

March 2, 2016 - 1:30pm to 6:30pm

It has been more than fourteen years since the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, opened and more than seven years since President Obama signed an executive order pledging to close it. Now, the Pentagon has released the Obama Administration’s plan to fulfill the president’s promise to shutter the detention facility. To mark this important step, Human Rights First will host an event on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 to discuss the practical steps the administration and Congress should take to close the facility that national security leaders agree undermines national security and is inconsistent with American ideals.

With the release of the Pentagon’s plan, Human Rights First will bring together military leaders, national security professionals, government officials, and legal experts to discuss key obstacles to closing Guantanamo and what can be done to overcome these challenges before President Obama leaves office.

This event is free and open to the public. A light breakfast and lunch will be served.


Press must RSVP to Corinne Duffy at [email protected] or 202-370-3319


Wednesday, March 2, 2015 – 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


20 F Street Conference Center
20 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
1 block from Union Station

Registration and Breakfast:

8:30 am to 9:30 am

Welcome Address:

9:30 am to 9:45 am

  • Elisa Massimino, President, Human Rights First

A Conversation:

9:45 am to 11:00 am

  • Elisa Massimino, President and CEO, Human Rights First
  • Paul Lewis, Department of Defense Special Envoy for Guantanamo Detention Closure
  • Lee Wolosky, Department of State Special Envoy for Guantanamo Detention Closure


11:00 am to 11:15 am


11:15 am to 12:30 pm

  • Carol Rosenberg (Moderator), Military Affairs Correspondent, The Miami Herald
  • Major General Michael R. Lehnert, USMC (Ret)
    First commander of the detention facility at Guantanamo
  • Cliff Sloan, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
    Former Department of State Special Envoy for Guantanamo Detention Closure
  • Alberto Mora, Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Co-Director of Costs & Consequences of Torture Program
    Former General Counsel, U.S. Navy

Networking Lunch:

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

RSVP Below: