For over a decade, CCR has been at the forefront of the legal battle against indefinite detention and torture at Guantánamo, representing many current and former detainees. We sent one of the first civilian lawyers to the base; organized a network of hundreds of lawyers (the “GITMO bar”) to represent the men detained there; and won landmark Supreme Court cases that established U.S. court jurisdiction over the prison and affirmed detainees’ right to habeas corpus review. Nearly 800 Muslim men and boys were thrown into this island prison designed to exist beyond the rule of law; today, over 100 are still there, the vast majority of them never charged with a single crime. Many have been cleared for release by the U.S. government itself, yet they remain trapped there by bureaucratic inaction and politics. Through a combination of strategic litigation, advocacy with the U.S. and foreign governments and international human rights bodies, and creative public education efforts focused on highlighting the stories of our clients, we continue working tirelessly to secure their freedom and close Guantánamo. Our work also continues after our clients’ release, as we help them rebuild their lives and demand accountability for what was done to them.
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a film by CCR with support from the Bertha Foundation