2010 | Jared Genser
Founder + President | Freedom Now
“According to the Talmud, Pidyon Shvuyim – the redemption of captives – is regarded as one of the most important of all charitable acts, superseding all others forms. This mitzvah rabah is central to who I am, keeping me engaged with the work itself and with my Jewish identity.”
Freeing prisoners of conscience worldwide through focused legal, political and public relations advocacy efforts.
Freedom Now has mobilized teams of lawyers, activists, students, NGOs and media to engage in a critical mass of global advocacy for prisoners of conscience, helping to secure the release of such clients as Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Ayub Masih, a Pakistani Christian sentenced to death for blaspemy in Pakistan; Saad Eddin Ibrahim, a leading Egyptian activist and scholar; Lewis Medjo, a newspaper editor in Cameroon; and Oscar Elias Biscet, a leading Cuban pro-democracy activist.
Freedom Now selects cases that represent not just individuals, but also a broader set of abuses in a country so that their efforts have broad and long-lasting impact on policy. Freedom Now has worked in 23 countries and freed 29 individual prisoners of conscience.
With 20 campaigns currently underway, FreedomNow is representing clients all around the world including Bahrain, Belarus, China, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Indonesia, Iran, Rwanda, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam -- including 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Chinese democracy activist Liu Xiaobo.