Detained international, the leading legal advocacy NGO that provides pro bono legal advocacy to victims of injustice, inequality and other human rights violations in Dubai, the wider United Arab Emirates, and the Middle East, has now opened in Washington DC. Detained International has acted on many high-profile cases of injustice and human rights abuses, most notably the case of HRH Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum, the daughter of the ruler of Dubai.
David Haigh, the founder of Detained International, said: “The commitment made by the Biden administration to protect and promote human rights around the world has once again meant that we can now look to the American administration to stand up to those that seek to abuse human rights.
“We already work alongside leading American lawyers, politicians and others to help prevent injustice and human rights abuses, and importantly, to hold those who abuse human rights to account. This year has us working with Bill Browder preparing a “Magnitsky Act” complaint we filed last month in the UK on behalf of Princess Latifa Al Maktoum, the daughter of the ruler of Dubai. Last month also saw us working alongside numerous leading lawyers and law school’s seeking’s bans against her father’s Godolphin stables taking part in horse races in the US, such as the Kentucky Derby.
“Washington DC is the heart of American politics and the natural choice for us, giving us access to the countries policy and decision-makers. “It was the obvious choice for us. We are delighted to have already engaged with a very important American client and have secured some experienced and passionate human rights defenders to join our organisation. With that said, I am delighted to welcome Jordan Schneider to our team. Jordan will head our US office,”
Jordan Schneider, Director of US Operations at Detained International said, “We are delighted to announce the opening of our base in the United States, which better enables us to serve our pro bono clients from the United States and their families. I am honoured to be able to put my experience of the Middle-eastern region, including my time on the ground living in countries like Afghanistan, to positive use in helping those in need.
“In February, we saw US Secretary of State Blinken referred to the case of Princess Latifa Al Maktoum, the daughter of the ruler of Dubai, as part of growing international concern for her safety and life. A statement like this sends a message that the new US administration will stand up for human rights, no matter what part of the world you are from, American or Arab.”
The Detained International office is in Pennsylvania Avenue, sharing the same street as the White House and the Capitol Building. The full address is: 1101 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC, 20004 and we can be reached via our website or directly on +1 (202) 978 1188. Detained International will continue to champion the causes of those most at risk and in need of our help. Establishing ourselves in the United States capital will increase our global presence and develop strong alliances with the many US politicians, human rights defenders, politicians and other stakeholders.
About Detained International:
Detained international is a legal advocacy NGO that provides pro bono legal advocacy to victims of injustice, inequality and other human rights violations in Dubai, the wider United Arab Emirates, and the Middle East.
Detained International exists to help people in their hour of need, in many cases when they have been locked up far from home for no legitimate or even apparent reason and lack the support from obvious channels like their national embassy. Headquartered in London with an office in Washington DC, Detained International was founded in 2018 by UAE torture victim David Haigh, a prominent human rights lawyer and justice and equality advocate. Detained International has acted on many high-profile cases of injustice, including that of HRH Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum, the daughter of the ruler of Dubai.