Witness Against Torture is a movement not an organization. We are a group of friends who started by walking to Guantanamo (see more in the about section), and now we come together each year grudgingly, unwillingly, with trepidation and outrage– because each time we come together it means that our efforts and the efforts of countless people of good will have failed: failed to close Guantanamo, failed to end torture and indefinite detention, failed to prick the conscience and melt the hearts of those in power.

Our greatest hope is to not have to organize because our work is finished… But until that time, we are working on the following initiatives:

JANUARY 11: A Day of National Shame. On January 11, 2002 the first planeload of men arrived at the Guantanamo prison camp. For too many years now, Witness Against Torture has mounted demonstrations, vigils, teach-ins and other activities around this date. To learn more about what is planned next, please contact

VISITING RELEASED GUANTANAMO PRISONERS: Hundreds of men have been released from Guantanamo and sent back to their home countries to heal and recover from their ordeal. Some have been settled in new countries– men from China who were detained at Guantanamo are now in Albania, Palau, Bermuda and El Salvador. Witness Against Torture traveled to Bermuda to connect with the men now living there and is reaching out to resettled men in these other countries as well. To learn more about this initiative, email

CONNECTING TO THE FAMILIES: The men at Guantanamo are fathers, husbands, uncles and brothers. They were ripped away from aged parents and tiny infants and loving wives. Witness Against Torture is making contact with families of the men in Guantanamo, to let them know that we stand with them and support them. To learn how you can help, email: