PEN America

PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.

Center for Constitutional Rights

The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.

Sarah Shourd

Sarah Shourd is a writer, educator, Contributing Editor at Solitary Watch, and a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley currently based in Oakland, California. Her memoir A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran—co-authored by Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal— was published by Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt in March 2014.