January 11th, 2022, will mark 20 years since the first detainees were sent to Guantanamo as part of the Global War on Terror. Today, 39 detainees remain there. Despite this ongoing injustice, Guantanamo is largely overlooked; in December, the Senate hosted its first hearing on Guantanamo in eight years. Many Guantánamo detainees were tortured by the U.S. government, and two decades after the prison opened, most of the 39 people imprisoned there have never been charged with or tried for any crime.
To mark this anniversary and to advocate for closing Guantanamo, The Episcopal Church and the National Religious Campaign Against Torture are hosting this webinar: Guantanamo 20 Years on: A Religious Perspective.
A distinguished panel of experts will provide more information about why the prison at Guantanamo was opened, the human rights abuses that occurred there, the long-running failure of the military commissions process to provide justice, and what steps we, as people of faith, can take to close the prison for good.
- Dr. Shaun Casey, Professor at Georgetown University and former Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of State
- The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate, The Episcopal Church
- Matt Hawthorne, National Religious Campaign Against Torture
- J. Wells Dixon, Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights
- Moderated by: Rebecca Linder Blachly, Director of Government Relations, The Episcopal Church