Torture Awareness Month - Public Activities

We invite you to organize a vigil or other public event on June 26 to mark UN International Day in Support of Torture Victims, or on another day in June to mark Torture Awareness Month. We have materials available including banners, petitions, stickers, and an interfaith prayer.  Download our toolkit.

Please contact Paz Artaza-Regan, our Director of Program and Outreach, for more information.  You can reach Paz This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or by phone at 202-547-1920.


Local Events Around the Country

Herndon, Virginia
June 6, 2014 at 6:00-8:30pm
Exposing the Truth of U.S. Torture: Restoring Human Dignity
ADAMS Center, 46903 Sugarland Rd, Sterling, VA 20164Event will feature: Imam Mohamed Magid, Executive Director and Imam of the ADAMS Center. Dr. Azizah al-Hibri, Founder & Chair of KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights; The Constitution Project Detainee Treatment Task Force Member. Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, Retired U.S. Ambassador; The Constitution Project Detainee Treatment Task Force Member. Rev. Ron Stief, Executive Director of the National Religious Campaign
Against Torture.Cosponsors include: The Constitution Project, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights, & Qurtuba Institute.

Los Angeles, CA
June 26, 2014 at 11:30 am
ICUJP Justice Luncheon w/ Anne Richardson & Michael Rapkin
United University Church, 817 W. 34th Street, LA, CA 90089

Los Angeles, CA
June 26, 2014 at 10:30 am
UN International Day of Support for Victims of Torture
10:30am Stand Together & End Torture Vigil: Jefferson & Hoover Streets
10:45am Press Conference with Trip Oldfield (PTV Executive Director -Los Angeles), Justin Connolly (HRW - Director of Human Rights Watch Council – LA), Paul Kato (Torture survivor clients from PTV - Uganda), ICUJP representative, LAFLA representative.

Los Angeles, CA
June 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Performance of If the Shu Fits - Voices from Solitary Confinement
The Vortex, 2341 East Olympic Boulevard  Los Angeles, CA 90021

Los Angeles, California
June 6, 2014 at 9:15-10:15am
Silent Vigil and Press Conference to Announce Activities of Torture Awareness Month
Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3300 Wilshire Blvd, LA 90010
Join us in front of Immanuel Presbyterian Church as we mark the beginning of Torture Awareness Month. ICUJP is sponsoring many events in the month of June in order to Close Guantanamo and End U.S. Sponsored Torture. More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1454402334802556/

Los Angeles, CA
June 13, 2014 at 7:00pm
Herman's House: 40 Years in Solitary Confinement
Crescenta Valley UMC 2700 Montrose Ave, Montrose, CA 91020
A film presented by Read and Practice Peacemaking (RAPP) and the Montrose Peace Vigil. Following the film, join us as we send letters to our local representatives asking for their support of the recently introduced Solitary Confinement Study and Reform Act, sponsored by Louisiana State Rep. Cedric Richmond.

Los Angeles, CA
Shining a Light on U.S. Torture
When: June 21, 2014 from 2:00-4:00pm; 4:00-5:00pm informal reception
Where: Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Westminster Chapel, 3300 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Speaking Event with Dr. Azizah al-Hibri: Founder & Chair of KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights; Member of The Constitution Project’s Task Force on Detainee Treatment; Edina Lekovich: Director of Policy and Programming, Muslim Public Affairs Council; Stephen Rohde: Chair, Interfaith Communities United for Justice & Peace; Rev. Hannah Petrie: Associate Minister, Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church of Pasadena.
Media sponsor: KPFK 90.7 Pacifica Radio. For more information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 213-748-1643. This event is wheelchair accessible and disability affirmative. For accommodations contact us 72 hours in advance. Download the flyer to share or join the Facebook event page.

Los Angeles, CA
June 22, 2014 from 3-5pm
An Interfaith Gathering about ICE Detention and Deportation
United University Church, 817 W 34th St, Los Angeles, CA 90089
The systemic roundup, detaining and deporting of undocumented immigrants in our country has reached record-breaking levels. Families and communities are being torn apart by our broken immigration system and our country's quest in criminalizing immigrants. Hear from speakers who are actively fighting against the detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants, and learn how you can get involved. More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/417298538413050/

Raleigh, North Carolina
June 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Coming to Terms with Torture: Truth, Accountability, and Renunciation
Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough Street
Keynote Speaker: Dr. David P. Gushee, Member of The Constiution Project's Task Force on Detainee Treatment; Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics & Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University, Atlanta & Macon, Georgia. This event is brought to you by the North Carolina Council of Churches, The Constitution Project, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights, & NC Stop Torture Now. For more information about this event, please visit http://bit.ly/ncchurches or call (919) 828-6501

Santa Ana, California
May 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Showing of Anti-torture films at Church of the Messiah

Seattle, Washington
June 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Exposing the Truth of U.S. Torture: Restoring Human Dignity and the Rule of Law
University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 NE 43rd Street
With General David R. Irvine and Panelists. General Irvine is a retired Army Reserve strategic intelligence officer, who taught prisoner interrogation and military law for eighteen years. He is a member of The Constitution Project’s Task Force on Detainee Treatment. Master of Ceremonies: Rob Crawford, Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences University of Washington. This event is brought to you by Washington State Religious Campaign Against Torture, The Constitution Project, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights, & numerous local co-sponsors.

Studio City, California
June 29, 2014 at 3:00-5:00 pm
Members of St. Michael and All Angels Church will read If the Shu Fits, followed by discussion with members of CA Families Against the Death Penalty.
3646 Coldwater Canyon Blvd. Studio City, CA 91604

Washington, DC
Exposing the Truth of U.S. Torture: Restoring Human Dignity
When: June 26, 2014 at 6:00pm refreshments, 7:00pm event starts
Where: 1420 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
Event will feature Dr. Azizah al-Hibri, Founder & Chair of KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights; Member of The Constitution Project’s Task Force on Detainee Treatment. Ambassador James R. Jones, Co-Chair of The Constitution Project’s Task Force on Detainee Treatment; Diane Randall, Executive Secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Sponsoring the event: The Constitution Project, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, and KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights. Co-sponsoring the event: Amnesty International USA. Download the flyer to share around your community or join the Facebook event page.

 
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