Individual At Risk
We have adopted Magai Matiop Ngong from South Sudan as our Individual at Risk case. He was 15 when sentenced to death for murder after an incident which Magai explained to the judge was an accident. He was not helped by a lawyer at his arrest or trial. According to international and South Sudanese law, sentencing a child to death is illegal. Magai now has a lawyer who has filed an appeal. Our Individual at Risk coordinator brings updates and actions to our meetings.
Update: July 29, 2020: Magai has been removed from death row. His case has been sent back to the High Court to rule on an appropriate sentence.
Abolish the Death Penalty
We are active in Amnesty's campaign to end capital punishment. We focus our efforts on the death penalty in the United States. This photo shows Susan Dodd, a member of our group, with the flag on which she embroidered the names of the 1437 Americans who have been executed in the U.S. since the death penalty was reinstated in 1076.
We are focusing on immigration-related issues both in Massachusetts and nation-wide, educating ourselves, coordinating with other groups and supporting legislation before the Massachusetts legislature.
Reform the Use of Solitary Confinement
We participate in efforts to reform the use of solitary confinement in prisons in Massachusetts. We support and monitor solitary confinement reform on a national level.
The Urgent Action Network
Our Urgent Action coordinator writes urgent action letters every month and brings them to our meetings. We sign, address, and send them.
Anyone can join the Urgent Action Network and participate in this important work.