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Welcome! 

This is a webpage for the Solitary No More VA and Torture Free MD campaigns. These campaigns aim to end the use of long-term isolation in United States Prisons, beginning the battle in the DMV area (District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia). You can learn more about our sponsor organization, Interfaith Action for Human Rights, by clicking below. 

Our Mission

Both the Solitary No More VA and Torture Free MD Campaigns share one mission: to end the torturous practice of solitary confinement in Virginia and Maryland prisons.

About Us

Solitary No More VA and Torture Free MD Campaigns is sponsored by Interfaith Action for Human Rights (IAHR). IAHR represents people of faith and allies who educate and advocate in Maryland, DC, and Virginia for corrections systems to abolish unnecessarily punitive practices such as solitary confinement and to instead focus on rehabilitation and successful reentry of our citizens.

The campaigns in Virginia and Maryland consist of faith-based organizations, prison reform advocates, civil rights groups, and directly impacted individuals who are all working to end the torturous practice of solitary confinement. 

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Our Team

Dedication. Expertise. Passion.

Interfaith Action for Human Rights (IAHR) represents people of faith and allies who educate and advocate in Maryland, DC, and Virginia for corrections systems to abolish unnecessarily punitive practices such as solitary confinement and to instead focus on rehabilitation and successful reentry of our citizens.

Natasha White is a survivor of solitary confinement. Since her release, she has been a leader in the Close Rikers, HALT Solitary, Bail Reform, and Less is More Campaigns.  She is currently the National Unlock the Box Campaign State Representative for both Maryland and Virginia Coalitions on Solitary, as the Director of Community Engagement for IAHR.

The Rev. Dr. David Lindsey serves as the Executive Director of IAHR. Prior to his arrival at IAHR, Rev. Lindsey most recently served as the Executive Director of the Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington. In addition to his work as a non-profit Executive Director, Rev. Lindsey has served local churches in California, Minnesota, and Virginia. He has been honored to serve in and on behalf of his denomination (the United Church of Christ) over two decades, including diverse opportunities for ecumenical and interfaith partnerships. His graduate studies were at Chicago Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry) and Claremont School of Theology (Master of Divinity), and his undergraduate studies were at Centre College in Kentucky. 

 

Partner Organizations

Unlock the Box

NRCAT

ACLU of Virginia

ACLU People Power Fairfax

Bridging The Gap In Virginia

Charlottesville Chapter National Organization for Women

Coalition for Justice

EJUSA Evangelical Network

The Humanization Project

Inmate Support Virginia 

Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington (JCRC)

Just Future Project

Justice & Witness Action Network -- Virginia (United Church of Christ)

Latino Justice

NAACP Loudoun 

National Association of Social Workers

National Association of Social Workers, Virginia Chapter

No Left Turns

Resource Information Help for the Disadvantaged and Disenfranchised (RIHD)

RVA Health Alliance for Social Justice and Equity

SALT-Social Action Linking Together

Social Workers and Allies Against Solitary Confinement 

Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Virginia

Virginia CURE

Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality

Virginia Justice Democrats 

Virginia Justice for Life

Virginia Prisoner Of Conscience

Virginia Prison Justice Network

Virginia Prisons Accountability Committee 

WJCC Coalition for Community Justice

The Humanization Project

The Sentencing Project

The 40 Strong

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