John Kiriakou | JENerational Change #12

John Kiriakou is the only CIA employee to go to prison in connection with the agency’s torture program. Not because he tortured anyone, but because he revealed information about America’s torture program to a reporter.

As a result, Kiriakou was subsequently sentenced to 30 months in prison. Following his release in 2015, Kiriakou said that his case was not about leaking information but about exposing torture, continuing, “and I would do it all over again.” He’s now an award-winning writer and prison reform advocate.

“Even if torture works, it cannot be tolerated — not in one case or a thousand or a million. If their efficacy becomes the measure of abhorrent acts, all sorts of unspeakable crimes somehow become acceptable. I may have found myself on the wrong side of government on torture. But I’m on the right side of history. …There are things we should not do, even in the name of national security. One of them, I now firmly believe, is torture.”

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Jen Perelman

Jen currently serves as a pro bono attorney for Probation Station, a South Florida nonprofit, to help deliver a pathway out of the criminal justice system through early termination of probation. She continues to organize community service work through JENCorps, the volunteer coalition that she began as a candidate.