The United States’ detention facility at Guantánamo Bay has held prisoners for over 15 years without charge or trial; most have been tortured and many are extremely isolated and unwell.
President Obama had pledged to close the prison, saying that this potent symbol of War on Terror-era human rights abuses is “not who we are as a country.” But it’s still open, unlawfully holding 40 men. President Trump has now promised to “load it up with some bad dudes”.
We led the fight for access to those held at Guantánamo, and were one of the first organizations allowed inside. We have secured freedom for more than 80 men illegally detained – more than any other law firm or NGO. We currently represent seven men in the prison and provide legal assistance to many more.
Reprieve US Senior Attorney Shelby Sullivan-Bennis works on behalf of seven detainees at the prison, in conjunction with our partner organization Reprieve U.K. and pro bono counsel. You can read more about her work in this piece by the Marshall Project.
We also provide legal, social and psychological support to former detainees and their families through the Life After Guantánamo program, helping them rebuild their lives and live free from official harassment.