Larry Siems

writer and human rights activist

Larry Siems is a writer and human rights activist and served for many years as director of Freedom to Write and International Programs at PEN American Center in New York. He edited and introduced Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Guantánamo Diary, the first-ever account of the notorious facility by a still-detained prisoner, published this year in 21 countries. He is also the author of The Torture Report: What the Documents Say About America’s Post-9/11 Torture Program, which drew on 140,000 pages of formerly secret government documents to construct a comprehensive narrative of the Bush administration’s torture program, and Between the Lines: Letters from Undocumented Mexican and Central American Immigrants and Their Families and Friends. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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