Intro to SOA Watch Prisoners of Conscience Print

ImagePrison witness has been a core element of the SOA Watch movement since its beginning. In the tradition of Gandhi, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King Jr., Aung San Suu Kyi and countless others, SOA Watch activists have used peaceful, nonviolent resistance to expose the horrors of the SOA/ WHINSEC and to express solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Latin America.

As a result, 245 SOA Watch human rights defenders have collectively spent over 100 years in prison. Fifty-one people have served probation sentences. Their sacrifice and steadfastness in the struggle for peace and justice provide an extraordinary example of love in action and have given tremendous momentum to the effort to change oppressive US foreign policy and to close the SOA/ WHINSEC.


SOA Watch is proud to be a movement of people who speak out for justice!  With our minds and our bodies we will close the SOA and put an end to US militarization in the Americas!


328 acts of civil disobedience that drew sentences
300 different people sentenced for CD
Over 101.5 years of prison time sentenced
53.5 years of probation and home confinement time sentenced
$223,150 of fines issued
6,900+ community service hours sentenced

274 prison sentences served by 245 different individuals
51 probation sentences served by 51 different individuals
4 home confinement sentences served by 4 different individuals


Writing to Prisoners of Conscience is a great way to express your solidarity and learn about why we continue to go to jail for justice - click here for some tips on how to write to prisoners of conscience.