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Convincing Countries to Take Detainees – Witness to Guantanamo

Convincing Countries to Take Detainees


Lee Wolosky is a graduate of Harvard College and Law School. He served as law clerk to the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, who was then a federal district court judge and is now an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Wolosky was appointed Special Envoy for Guantanamo Closure at the U.S. State Department under President Obama from July 5, 2015 until January 20, 2017. He was the last person to hold that position in the Obama Administration. Wolosky worked to transfer as many men as possible out of Guantanamo before the Obama Administration came to a close in January 2017. During his tenure, the number of men remaining at Guantanamo went from roughly 116 down to 41.

In 2001, Wolosky joined Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP as a partner, and returned to the firm after his tenure at the Obama Administration. He is also a co-founder and member of the board of directors of the National Security Network.

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