Take Action During National Torture Awareness Month

Plan an Event at Your Church


Every human being is created to reflect the image of God and is worthy of dignity and respect. So we unite around the belief that no one should face inhumane confinement or
torture a moral issueany form of torture. We have an opportunity to join with faith leaders and activists of all stripes in calling on the U.S. government to end systems of torture and torturous confinement in the Guantanamo prison complex. While President Obama has transferred additional prisoner out of that facility, 80 are left. The days of his Administration are waning and the opportunity to ensure that Guantanamo Prison is shut down are quickly drawing to a close.

June is Torture Awareness Month, and the Global Justice Institute and MCC are asking our pastors, clergy, lay leaders, friends and associates to join the campaign to close Guantanamo by leading a worship service, holding a vigil, or appearing at another appropriate event wearing an orange jumpsuit in solidarity with those held at Guantanamo. We are also inviting you to ask your fellow faith leaders from other traditions to consider events and wearing a jumpsuit.  Along with the organizers, we believe that in the middle of a rancorous presidential election, this sort of highly visible public action is necessary to break through the political back and forth and make a clear statement that torture and indefinite detention without trial are wrong and Guantanamo should be closed now.

wear orange

Please ask your faith leaders if they would be willing to support this work by wearing a jumpsuit. Organizers will provide the jumpsuit.  Here are other resources you and your congregation and faith partners may use to participate in this national event:


You are encouraged to take pictures from your events and share them on social media. Use hashtags #TortureAwarenessMonth and #TortureFreeWorld.  The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) will use these to demonstrate support for closing Guantanamo to national lawmakers and the national media.  To request an orange jumpsuit, write Matt Hawthorne (NRCAT) at mhawthorne@nrcat.org or call him at 202-547-1920.