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Layers of Challenges – Witness to Guantanamo

Layers of Challenges


Polly Rossdale is a human rights consultant working in advocacy and analytical research. She has a bachelor’s degree from Cambridge University and a masters degree in human rights and democratization from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratization.

Rossdale began her work on Guantanamo Bay in 2009 while working for Reprieve. She coordinated the Life after Guantanamo project for four years. Life After Guantanamo was the only program dedicated to the rehabilitation of prisoners freed from Guantanamo. The program was designed to provide mental and physical health care and counseling and other services to released detainees. Rossdale organized several conferences on the release of detainees and the conditions they faced in their host countries.

In 2013, Rossdale was appointed the Deputy Director for Reprieve. Rossdale has written about Guantanamo for various publications and the media, including CNN. She left Reprieve in August 2015 and now works as a freelance human rights consultant.

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