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February 04, 2022

Reuters named Co-Managing Partner Katya Jestin and J. Wells Dixon of the Center for Constitutional Rights as Pro Bono Heroes for their work representing Guantanamo Bay detainee Majid Khan.

Mr. Khan, who has cooperated with US authorities, will be eligible for release from Guantanamo as soon as February 2022 pursuant to his plea agreement. At a hearing in October 2021, he testified extensively about his torture by the CIA, the first time a high-value Guantanamo detainee has spoken in a public about such torture. Seven out of eight jurors at his US military commission sentencing, all senior military officers, described his treatment as a “stain on the moral fiber of America.”

In an interview with Reuters, Ms. Jestin said her decision to represent Mr. Khan stemmed from her belief in the rule of law and her commitment to human rights.

Click “Pro Bono Heroes: Jenner, Rights Center Seek Justice for Gitmo Detainee” for the full article. A video is available here.

Ms. Jestin is co-managing partner of Jenner & Block and co-chair of firm’s Investigations, Compliance, and Defense Practice. She counsels companies and executives in criminal, regulatory and congressional investigations, including representing clients before the US Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York State Attorney General’s Office, and the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Ms. Jestin also conducts sensitive internal investigations on behalf of corporate clients and counsels senior management and boards of directors on matters ranging from global compliance risk to #MeToo.