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Defending Freedoms Project

In December 2012, the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, in conjunction with the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and Amnesty International USA, launched the Defending Freedoms Project with the aim of supporting human rights and religious freedom throughout the world with a particular focus on prisoners of conscience.

Specifically, Members of Congress “adopt” prisoners of conscience, standing in solidarity with these brave men and women, while committing to advocate publicly for their release.

More information on the Defending Freedoms Project.

View the Defending Freedoms Project prisoners list and profiles.


Click the interactive map below to view the status of prisoners of conscience highlighted in the Defending Freedoms Project