Interfaith Action for Human Rights is a mid-Atlantic coalition of faith communities. We seek to change the culture, policy or practices that cause torture or violate human dignity. Our guide is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the wisdom of our respective faiths.
We invite you to join IAHR, to contribute your time, energy and, of course your donations to help us accomplish our difficult, but important work. We believe our issues and goals are important to all who want a more just nation respectful of all its people.
IAHR Kicks Off Pen Pal Project
For DC Residents in Federal Prisons
In the District of Columbia we are aware that over 4,600 District residents are incarcerated in 122 Bureau of Prisons (BOP) facilities around the country and are isolated from their families and loved ones. This makes it particularly difficult for them to successfully maintain supportive relationships and reintegrate into their communities upon their return.
IAHR’S Pen Pal Program is designed to link members of churches, synagogues, mosques and temples to District residents in BOP facilities. We are asking volunteers from each religious comm
unity to sign up to correspond with one imprisoned D.C. resident at least once a month for one year. We will be starting with ten Bureau of Prison facilities, and will expand beyond these to residents in other facilities based on our initial success.
Over 100 men and women in the BOP have already signed up for a pen pal. They are looking for someone who will reach out to them on a regular basis.
We plan to begin the program in October of 2017 with an orientation for all volunteers which will spell out the guidelines for communicating and address other concerns volunteers may have. We also plan to bring volunteers together periodically to reflect on their experiences and nurture the community of people who have come together to provide support and encouragement to this important segment of our community.
Be part of our effort to be a supportive presence for our incarcerated neighbors by joining this Pen Pal Program. We hope you will find it a rewarding and an enlightening experience.
For more information and/or to volunteer, contact Rabbi Charles Feinberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 202-669-7700
Where We Stand
- End prolonged solitary confinement in federal and state prisons
- Counter bigotry that justifies ill-treatment of others
- End torture as a U.S. policy.
- End indefinite detention without charges or trial
- End youth and mentally ill inmates’ isolation and solitary confinement
- Require reporting data on solitary confinement in state and federal detention facilities
- Reinvest resources from solitary confinement into education, meaningful job training and improved medical care for the incarcerated
- Oppose religious and ethnic bigotry, especially anti-Muslim bias
- Raise public awareness of U.S. torture and solitary confinement
- Urge policymakers to ensure accountability for use of torture
- Close Guantanamo Bay’s detention facility
What We Do
- Against Islamophobia
- Against Prolonged Solitary Confinement
- For closing Guantanamo
- Organize Petitions to end torture and solitary confinement
- Sponsor screenings, speakers and programs on the abuse of solitary confinement
- Sponsor legislation on solitary confinement
- Testify before state legislatures and local governments
- Track issues to keep our supporters and the public up to date
- Write articles, letters to the editor and on social media about our agenda
- Form coalitions with other human and civil rights organizations to advocate for criminal justice reform and to oppose anti-Muslim bigotry
How to Help
- Educate your faith community on our core missions
- Show Hawo's Dinner (anti-Muslim sentiment)
- Show Torture in your backyard (Solitary Confinement)
- Invite an IAHR guest speaker
- Provide advocacy on one of IAHR campaigns
- Organize a letter writing campaign
How to Contact IAHR