Thank you for reading our latest Leadership Letter from President and CEO Simon Adams. Here are some recent articles that may provide further reading on some of the efforts he described.
The letter notes that Scott Roehm, our Director of Global Policy and Advocacy, was recently interviewed on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” program regarding our efforts to convince the Biden Administration to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Here’s a link to that interview: https://www.wuga.org/national-news/2024-01-09/guantanamo-bay-has-been-open-for-22-years-despite-calls-for-its-closure.
There have been some other recent publications and media stories that involve CVT staff, Board members and National Advisory Council members and that I thought might interest you:
Yumna Rizvi, CVT’s Senior Policy Analyst in our DC office, wrote an explainer article on Guantanamo and how President Biden could close the prison.
Yumna and Scott wrote this Just Security piece entitled “Another Lost Year on Guantanamo” and National Advisory Council member (and UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while Countering Terrorism) Fionnuala Ni Aolain wrote this Just Security piece entitled “Accountability and Legacy at Guantanamo: Some Progress, Still A Long Way to Go.”
Simon wrote this article in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, noting that “we are in the midst of the greatest refugee and asylum crisis since the Second World War” and asserting that “reversing these trends and halving the global displacement number in time for the UDHR’s centenary in 2048 is possible, but will require fresh approaches to multilateralism.”
Medhanye Alem, a psychotherapist/trainer at our project in Ethiopia, wrote this article about the team’s work to bring trauma-informed care to survivors of torture and conflict-related violence.
Diego Piña Lopez, CVT Board member and program director of Casa Alitas (our partner in Arizona), appeared recently on NBC Nightly News in this segment on record-level border crossings.