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Our Mission

The Freedom Initiative is a Washington, DC-based non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for prisoners wrongfully detained in the Middle East and North Africa.

We believe in a region in which all may be free to enjoy their rights, and we believe that citizens and leaders in the United States and around the world have a role to play in achieving this vision.


December 2021
The Freedom Initiative welcomes Andrea J. Prasow, former Deputy Director of the Washington, DC office at Human Rights Watch, as its new Executive Director.
After five years of successful advocacy and campaigns efforts, the team continues to expand and develop institutionally, adding research, casework, and community engagement departments.
October 2018
After Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is murdered in Istanbul, the Freedom Initiative expands its work to address threats of imprisonment and cases of arbitrary detention in Saudi Arabia.
The Freedom Initiative is founded to give an institutional home for the team. ​
May 2015
After an international campaign, a 489-day hunger strike, and demands from American officials, Soltan is released and returns to the United States.​
Soltan and a group of committed activists carry on the spirit of the #FreeSoltan campaign to advocate on behalf of the unjustly detained. ​
August 2013​
Egyptian security forces storm the protest camp at Raba’a al Adaweya, killing and imprisoning hundreds. Egyptian-American Mohamed Soltan is among them.​

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