Working Women: Kristine Huskey
posted 5:45 pm Fri July 06, 2007 -
AS THE U.S. SUPREME COURT CONSIDERS WHETHER DETAINEES AT GUANTANAMO BAY DESERVE LEGAL RIGHTS IN THE FEDERAL COURTS SYSTEM, THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION IS ACTIVELY DISCUSSING CLOSING THE DETENTION FACILITY IN CUBA.
OUR WORKING WOMAN HAS REPRESENTED CLIENTS THERE SINCE 2002, AND AS A FORMER MODEL AND DANCER, SHE'S LIKELY NOT WHAT HER DETAINEE CLIENTS EXPECT.
THIS IS KRISTINE HUSKEY IN HER YOUNGER DAYS, A MODEL AND A DANCER IN MUSIC VIDEOS. BUT IN HER MID 20'S, SHE CHANGED COURSE, CHOSING INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW.
IN 2002 HUSKEY'S D.C. LAW FIRM REPRESENTED 12 KUWAITI DETAINEES AT GUANTAMANO. THE LAWSUIT WAS CONTROVERSIAL, TO SAY THE LEAST, SO SOON AFTER 9/11.
Kristine Huskey, Attorney: "It was not well received and we got hate email and people said you should be locked up in Guantanamo with the terrorists, you're a terrorist as well."
BUT THE SUPREME COURT RULED IN THE DETAINEES' FAVOR.
Kristine Huskey, Attorney: "That was amazing, amazing. They essentially ruled the detainees were entitled to some sort of process, they were entitled to bring their claims in federal court."
WHICH LED HUSKEY TO HER FIRST OF 13 VISITS TO GUANTANAMO BAY.
Kristine Huskey, Attorney: "It was like a conflict that this nation was going through and it was right there so visible in two days at Guantanamo because in some ways Guantanamo feels so wrong but yet I know that we need to be doing something to be vigilant against terrorism."
SHE SAYS HER CLIENTS WERE SKEPTICAL OF HER AT FIRST, AN AMERICAN, AND A WOMAN. BUT THEY OPENED UP TO HER ABOUT THEIR KIDS AND FAMILIES BACK HOME. EIGHT OF HER ORIGINAL CLIENTS HAVE BEEN RELEASED BACK TO KUWAIT, SOME OF THEM ACQUITTED. HUSKEY NOW TEACHES LAW AT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY. SHE HOPES THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION FOLLOWS THROUGH ON SHUTTING DOWN GUANTANAMO BAY.
Kristine Huskey, Attorney: "It's gotta close but we've also gotta really come up with a good process for, what are we gonna do with the people there and what are we gonna do with people we pick up in the future?"
IN THE FALL, HUSKEY WILL SPLIT HER TIME BETWEEN D.C. AND TEXAS, HEADING UP HER OWN HUMAN RIGHTS LAW CLINIC AT HER ALMA MATER, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS LAW SCHOOL.
HER STUDENTS WILL TAKE THE CASE OF AN AFGHAN DETAINEE HELD NOW AT GUANTANAMO FOR FIVE YEARS.
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