Rafil Dhafir moved to special housing isolation unit, no explanation given – SUPPORT NEEDED


UPDATE: Dr. Rafil Dhafir was moved out of the SHU on August 28 with no charges.


MONDAY, AUGUST 4 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST

On June 18th Dr. Dhafir was removed to a special housing (isolation) unit. The purpose of the national call in day is to get the warden to return Dr. Dhafir to the general population.


Dr. Rafil Dhafir, a United States citizen, oncologist, humanitarian and spiritual leader, has served 12 years of a 22-year sentence for breaking the horrifically cruel U.S. and U.K. sponsored U.N. sanctions on Iraq which caused the death of 500,000 children under the age of 5 and 1,000,000 others. Dr. Dhafir gave aid through a charity he established to help children and adults in Iraq who were starving or sick from fallout from depleted uranium munitions and the lack of fresh water.

Whom to call on Monday, August 4 (or Tuesday if Monday is not possible for you):
Brian Cincotta, (pronounced “sin-COT-tuh ) case manager
FMC Devens
978-796-1000 Dial O, or stay on the line. Give Rafil Dhafir’s inmate locator number – 11921-052 – and ask to speak with Mr. Cincotta. Ask to leave a message in his voice mail if he can’t be reached.
You can also ask for the Public Information Officer or a member of the warden’s staff.

Whom to write:
Warden Jeffrey Grondowski
FMC Devens
P.O. Box 880
Ayer, MA 01432
fax (978) 796-1118

Some points that could be raised in letters and phone calls:

1. Why was he put into the special housing unit?

2. When is he getting out? He has been in for 47 days.

3. He has had some new FOIR discs sent to him and needs to be out of the SHU in order to access them

4. His right to religious expression was violated during Ramadan because he was denied an alarm clock.

5. The right for Muslims to pray five times daily in a group was upheld in a case involving the Communications Management Unit in Terre Haute Indiana by U.S. District Court Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson. See: http://indianalawblog.com/documents/lindh%207-19-13.pdf

6. Does Rafil have:

a. stamps

b. paper

c. envelopes

d. address book

7. Can phone time be increased to an hour a week minimum?

8. Can the Chaplain make arrangements for an Imam from a nearby mosque to visit him?

To write to Rafil:

Rafil Dhafir 11921-052
FMC Devens
P.O. BOX 879
AYER, MA 01432

To make a contribution by wire transfer, check or money order toward expenses relating to Rafil’s defense and to the completion of the documentary film about him:

Make checks payable to: Dr. Dhafir Support Committee

Send to:

Bob Elmendorf
P.O. Box 76
Malden Bridge, NY 12115

Support Committee search for lawyer:

The Dr. Dhafir Support Committee is searching for a criminal lawyer to submit pro bono, on behalf of Dr. Dhafir, his last remaining legal remedy, a 2255 motion, partly on grounds of ineffective trial counsel. The deadline for this is early November of 2014. His former appeal lawyer, Peter Goldberger, will make available all pertinent legal background. Peter has exhaustively appealed Rafil’s case through the three tiers of the federal court system without the courts shaving a day off his sentence.

Website about Dr. Rafil Dhafir:

poetapoetus@taconic.net, 518-766-2992