ADC Asks DHS to Grant Abu Ghraib Victims
Access to the US
Washington, DC | www.adc.org [ http://www.adc.org
] | May 8, 2013 -- Today the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
(ADC) requested that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) permit three
Iraqi nationals entry into the United States. The three individuals, all of
whom were tortured at Abu Ghraib, were to arrive to the United States to
testify to the atrocities they suffered at Abu Ghraib. The three individuals
are plaintiffs in a lawsuit against CACI Premier Technology, Inc., a
contracting firm which is alleged to have tortured the victims.
The plaintiffs are
represented by ADC Michigan Advisory Board Member, Attorney Shereef Akeel of
the law firm Akeel & Valentine.
Despite being granted
valid visas, the plaintiffs were not permitted to board a flight to the US
on March 15, 2013. As a result of the circumstances, the defendant has filed
multiple motions, moving for dismissal of the pending case, and sanctions
against the individuals. In a letter to Secretary Napolitano [
http://www.adc.org/fileadmin/ADC/ADC_ABG.pdf ], ADC expressed, "American law
allows for the doors of our federal courts to be opened to Aliens to come to
America to seek legal redress against those who committed crimes against
humanity. The plaintiffs have the right to bring this action, and provide
their testimony. Preventing the plaintiffs from exercising this right, by
barring them from flying to the US, would be adverse to American law, and
The case, "Suhail Najim Abdullah Al Shmari et.
al., v. CACI International Inc., et. al. (Case Number 08-cv-0827 GBL-JFA)",
is on docket at the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia,
Alexandria Division. Multiple hearings are scheduled for Friday May 10,
2013. The plaintiffs are represented by ADC Michigan Advisory Board Member,
Attorney Shereef Akeel of the law firm Akeel & Valentine.
ADC requests that the torture victims be given the right to come to the
United States and seek accountability for the atrocities that happened in
Abu Ghraib. The victims should have their day in court and be permitted to
testify against those that are allegedly responsible for the atrocities.