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When we announced our year-end goal, in a generous spirit of giving, a group of donors decided to MATCH new and upgraded Justice Circle Memberships before the end of the year.

That means if you are considering joining the 2019 Justice Circle before year-end with a monthly gift of $86 it will really be $172 of impact, or if you are considering upgrading your gift from $1,000 to a Justice Level gift of $3,000, your increase will be matched to total $5,000 to CJA.

Dear friend,

This year end, we’d like to introduce you to CJA client, Farhan Warfaa, pictured below. Farhan’s triumphant spirit and remarkable dedication to seeing his important case come to court remind me once again of why I am so honored to be leading an organization like CJA that believes in justice and accountability for all.

I ask you to build with us by considering a financial contribution, looking to the future by supporting CJA, and supporting clients like Farhan.  We could not do this work without you.

Please consider giving a ‘gift of human rights’ before the end of the year by making a meaningful donation to CJA?

As we build into our 21st year, we chart a path forward for justice and accountability amid new global challenges. Together – with you – we believe we can build a world where justice thrives, not only for Farhan and all of our other clients, but for their friends and families and people around the world who deserve to live without fear of violence.

This year, consider sharing your commitment to global justice by giving family, friends, and coworker a gift certificate from CJA as the “Gift of CJA”. As CJA’s 2018 Judith Lee Stronach award winner, Hassan Bility, said when we honored him in San Francisco earlier this year: “democracy is only possible when it is built on the back of justice.”


Dixon Osburn

p.s. See more of our clients’ stories on our client and issues page, and please use this CJA Gift Certificate to give the gift of human rights now or throughout the year.

After making a meaning donation, fill out the provided certificate and gift it to someone special!

Meet Our Client, Farhan Warfaa

Farhan Mohamoud Tani Warfaa today. He was a teenager at the time of the events laid out in our case.

Meet Farhan Mohamoud Tani Warfaa, who first became our client in 2004. Early one morning in 1987, when he was only a teenager, Farhan was arrested by soldiers who took him to the Somali National Army base where – for months – he would be repeatedly interrogated, beaten and tortured.

Farhan’s arrest was ordered by Colonel Yusuf Abdi Ali, also known as Colonel Tukeh, who was responsible for the detention, cruel treatment, and death of many members of Farhan’s community during the country’s civil war. Finally, Tukeh shot Farhan five times at point-blank range, leaving him for dead. Miraculously he survived.

Today, Farhan lives with his wife and eight children in Somaliland (a self-declared state, internationally considered to be an autonomous region in northern Somalia). We expect Farhan’s case against Colonel Tukeh for torture and attempted extrajudicial killing to finally come to trial early next year in Virginia, where Tukeh has lived since 1996.

Farhan is determined to see justice served, whether it’s on Somaliland or U.S. soil. This case has given him hope and he is praying it will encourage other survivors of atrocity crimes around the world to seek justice.

CJA and Co-counsel DLA Piper are standing by Mr. Warfaa in his quest for justice and accountability, as we believe no one should find safe haven in the U.S. for atrocities committed abroad.