Three interviews with lawyers who have litigated detention cases

In the spring 2013 semester, students from the “Detention in the War Against Terrorism” class interviewed three lawyers who have worked actively on detention issues. We thank all three for agreeing to talk with us, and we hope readers of this site will find the interviews as illuminating as we did. They are:

Tina Foster, founder of the International Justice Network, who spoke with Michael Villacres; the video recording of this interview is available at

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Systematic Torture Continuing in Afghanistan

According to a United Nations report released on January 20, 2013, systematic torture remains a serious concern in many Afghan-controlled detention facilities, despite “concerted efforts” and “sustained support” by international partners and the Afghan Government to “root out torture and abusive detention practices.”[1]

The 139-page report, compiled by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), finds that “more than half of 635 detainees interviewed (326 detainees) experienced torture and ill-treatment in numerous facilities of the <Read More>