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Elect to End Torture
A panel discussion in partnership with Human Rights First

James Cohan Gallery is proud to partner with Human Rights First to present a panel discussion for the Elect to End Torture campaign. This event is free and open to the public. A cocktail reception and viewing of the current Xu Zhen exhibition will begin at 6:45pm, followed by the discussion at 7:00pm.This event will explore what we can do to end torture in policy and practice, and reclaim our country's better self. Speakers will include a retired combat veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, the former Chief Judge of the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals and Human Rights First Associate Attorney Devon Chaffee. Please join Human Rights First Executive Director Maureen Byrnes to find out why the current environment may be the most challenging yet and what every citizen can do about it.

RSVP by Friday, February 29th to events@humanrightsfirst.org or 212.845.5262. Space is Limited.

Major General Fred E. Haynes, USMC (Ret.) is a combat veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He was a captain in the regiment that seized Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima and raised the American flag there on February 23, 1945. Haynes served in combat again in Korea and commanded troops in Vietnam. During the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, he served as Pentagon Director, Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs. Haynes lives in New York and is currently writing a book, The Lions of Iwo Jima: The Story of Combat Team 28 and the Bloodiest Battle of Marine Corps History. He is chairman of the Combat Veterans of Iwo Jima.

Brigadier General James Cullen, USA (Ret.) is a retired Brigadier General of the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps with over 26 years of combined active duty and reserve service. He was Chief Judge (IMA) of the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals and prior to that Commander of the 4th Military Law Center. Cullen has received a number of awards and medals during the course of his military career, including the Distinguished Service Medal. He lives in New York and heads the construction and real estate development practice at Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C.

Devon Chaffee is an Associate Attorney in Human Rights First's Washington, D.C. office. She advocates on Capitol Hill for U.S. counter-terrorism and national security policies that respect human rights. In this role, she has served as an observer to the military commission proceedings in Guantánamo, testified before Congress on the laws prohibiting cruel interrogation, and is a co-author of the joint Human Rights First/Physicians for Human Rights report Leave No Marks: Enhanced Interrogation Techniques and the Risk of Criminality.

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