“There is no justifiable reason for the extreme isolation immigrants in detention in this country are being subjected to. I’m proud to support CIVIC’s efforts to bring relief to these men and women—the vast majority of whom are blameless victims of an unjust and ineffective system. Through their incredible programs, CIVIC brings humanity, kindness and connection to those who need it the most.”
Sarah Shourd is a writer, educator and an advocate against the use of prolonged solitary confinement, and she currently is based in Oakland, California. Sarah had been living in the Middle East for over a year, teaching Iraqi refugees and living in a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria, when she was captured by Iranian forces somewhere along an unmarked border between Iran and Iraq in July ’09 and held in solitary confinement for 410 days. Sarah has written for The New York Times, CNN, Newsweek’s Daily Beast and has a blog on Huffington Post. Sarah also has written a memoir with her husband Shane Bauer and friend Josh Fattal about their experience as hostages in Iran. Her memoir, A Sliver of Light, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2014. For more information about Sarah’s commitment to CIVIC, read this Huffington Post blog and watch her video below!