My Own Counsel: One Woman's Odyssey and Her Crusade for Human Rights

My Own Counsel: One Woman's Odyssey and Her Crusade for Human Rights


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My Own Counsel: One Woman's Odyssey and Her Crusade for Human Rights by Kristine Huskey, Aleigh Acerni

As a professional model and dancer in 1990, Kristine Huskey would never have guessed that by 2006 she’d be one of America’s top human rights experts—and an attorney defending the world’s most controversial prisoners. Then again, her life had always had its unexpected turns. In Justice at Guantánamo, Huskey tells the fascinating story of how she went from a childhood in Alaska to a civil war in Africa, from the glitter (and grunge) of life in the Big Apple to, finally, her true calling—law.
Huskey was one of the first female lawyers to represent detainees of the Guantánamo Bay detention center—including two whose cases yielded a landmark Supreme Court decision allowing them to challenge their detentions in federal courts. Justice at Guantánamo delves into her many visits to the camp’s secretive, all-male world. Riveting scenes capture the intensity as Huskey advocates for such men as “the twelve Kuwaitis” whose incarceration under inhumane conditions causes some of them to engage in near-fatal hunger strikes. When Huskey fights for better medical care for these men, they seek in her a friend and, sometimes, a savoir.
Huskey continues to fight for her clients’ rights and to forge a career in the controversial realm of national security. In light of signals from the administration of President Obama that the United States may continue to detain suspected (but not convicted) terrorists—notwithstanding its plans to close the infamous detention center—Huskey must also ask: Can we forge a new policy that protects both our national security and our founding fathers’ ideals?
While Guantánamo’s legacy will be questionable at best, this remarkable book shows that more certain is the legacy of one woman who never let anyone tell her no as she fought for the rule of law in the “war on terror.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599214689
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/02/2009
Edition description: First
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Kristine A. Huskey is a clinical professor of law and the director of the National Security Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law. She has been a guest on CNN, C-Span, and ABC NEWS to discuss Guantánamo and terrorism issues and was a featured “Woman to Watch” in Marie Claire magazine. 

Aleigh Acerni is a writer and editor for skirt! magazine.

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