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.





The Greater Washington Muslim-Jewish Forum

Interfaith Action for Human Rights

Present the 4th Annual



A Bus Tour Around Greater Washington to:


Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism and Bigotry in ALL forms! 

Time to stand together against bigotry in all forms, speak up and say:


TUESDAY ~ OCTOBER 17th, 2017

Join Muslim, Jewish and Interfaith activists to express love and respect for all religions and cultures.

Tell government officials NOT to engage in hateful speech against any faith or ethnic community.

Let’s spread Hummus Not Hate!  FREE Hummus and pita for everyone!

 We invite you to interact with us, raise consciousness, and have a great time in the process!


“SPEAK-OUT FOR PEACE AND PLURALISM” in front of the White House at The Ellipse (2:45)  

“RALLY ON THE QUAD” at American University (5:00)

Schedule of the Day 

      8:30 am – Muslim Community Center:  Enjoy a send-off     breakfast, Join in prayers for peace, Send us on our way!

    10:15 am – U of Maryland, Student Union: Speak up for Unity! Eat hummus & pita, Sing, Chant, Rap and Have fun!

    12:30 pm – Capitol Hill (Rayburn Gold Rm #2168): Enjoy lunch, Listen to Congresspeople present No Hate resolutions!  

      2:45 pm – The Ellipse: Sing songs, Chant, Rap, Remind President Trump he represents ALL Americans...No exceptions!                         

      5:00 pm – The American University: “Rally on the Quad” with AU students, dignitaries, dinner, entertainment

Now is the time for people of all faiths and of no faith to speak out for religious liberty, democracy, and solidarity between Americans of all backgrounds. Let your voices be heard!

To *RSVP for Capitol Hill .... and for more information, contact: 

Andra Baylus interfaithandra@gmail.com 

Walter Ruby walterruby@gmail.com


Maryland Department of Corrections Publishes First Report

In 2016, due to the advocacy of IAHR, the ACLU, and other civil and human rights groups, the Maryland Legislature passed SB 946 and HB 1180 which mandate the Department to provide information once a year on the use of solitary confinement in Maryland State prisons.  The information mandated includes such categories as the number of inmates placed in restrictive housing sorted by age, race, and ethnicity; those with mental illness, those who are pregnant; the average and median length of stay; those who attempted to harm themselves while in restrictive housing; and those released directly to the community. 


On January 5, 2017, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Corrections released its first report.  You can read that report by clicking here.  For an analysis of the report, click here.   


Our Issues

  • 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

Our Goals

  • 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

  •  Advocate:

    • 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 

There are many ways you can help as an individual or as a faith community. Here are some: 


  • 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

Letter writing event at Little River UCC to Senator Mark Warner (D-VA). The letters asked his support for releasing the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture. 


How to Contact IAHR

Address: Interfaith Action for Human Rights, PO Box 55802, Washington, DC 20040


Phone: (240) 324-9160




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