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New Initiative: The Guantanamo Survivors Fund

The Guantanamo Survivors Fund has been created to raise and disseminate funds to help former Guantanamo prisoners.

Often exiled to third countries, many still suffer from the physical and mental effects of what they endured in Guantánamo and experience social isolation and economic hardship because they have been labeled terrorists who require government monitoring.  A year ago, Lutfi bin Ali died from untreated complications of heart disease after being transferred first to Kazakhstan, then to Mauritania, where he was unable to obtain appropriate medical care.

Initiated by No More Guantanamos, Witness Against Torture, the Muslim Counterpublics Lab, Healing and Recovery After Trauma, and others, the Fund will provide resources for explicit needs such as medical care, education and training, and basic living needs to the extent possible.

The situation

The Bush administration created the Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba, a prison at Bagram air base in Afghanistan, and other offshore prisons as "law-free zones" that it believed were exempt from U.S. and international law, including the Geneva Conventions and the nearly 800-year-old writ of habeas corpus. The U.S. Supreme Court disagrees.

President Obama promised to close Guantánamo Bay prison, and President Biden has promised the same.  After 20 years and three presidents who have said they wanted to close the prison, the prison continues to hold 39 men, 27 of whom have never been charged with any crime.

Be part of the solution

Join No More Guantánamos in a grassroots initiative of concerned citizens, communities, organizations, and pro-bono attorneys representing detainees to:

  • Engage the public in a fact-based dialogue about the planned closure of Guantánamo Bay prison and U.S. detainee policy
  • Transform prisoners’ images in the U.S. from faceless, nameless “terrorists” to human beings who deserve human rights and a presumption of innocence until proven guilty
  • Use prisoners’ stories to overcome unfounded fears of prisoners in your community

There are 36 detainees still at Guantánamo Bay prison; about half were cleared of any connection to terrorism years ago.