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Hina Shamsi – Witness to Guantanamo

Hina Shamsi


Hina Shamsi is Director of the ACLU National Security Project. She focuses on the intersection of national security and counterterrorism policies with international human rights and humanitarian law. She is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law.

Before working for the ACLU, she was the Acting Director for the Law and Security Program at Human Rights First. In 2007, Shamsi joined the ACLU National Security Project as staff attorney, and became the director of the project in 2009. While also at the ACLU, she served as senior advisor to the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions. In 2011, Shamsi litigated the ACLU’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the U.S. government's killing of three U.S. citizens in Yemen.

In 2006, Shamsi co-authored the comprehensive report for Human Rights First entitled Command's Responsibility: Detainee Deaths in U.S. Custody in Iraq and Afghanistan. Shamsi is also a lecturer at Columbia Law School teaching a course on international human rights. She has written opinion pieces for various publications, including the Guardian.

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