Guantánamo Public Memory Project

Colonel Stephen Kinder Joins the National Dialogue

The Guantánamo Public Memory Project is thrilled to announce that Colonel Stephen Kinder will speak on December 14 at NYU’s King Juan Carlos Center as part of Why Remember Guantanamo? , the 2-day national dialogue to launch our traveling exhibit. Kinder was a celebrated commander of the camps detaining thousands of Haitian refugees seeking asylum in the US.  When Colonel Kinder arrived at GTMO’s Camp Bulkeley in September of 1992, one of his first actions was to lead a thorough review of Camp 7––the dilapidated section of the base that held those refugees that were under punishment. After leading a thorough investigation of the site, and reviewing all of the prisoners’ files, Colonel Kinder released all but three of the inmates and ordered the camp destroyed. At a time when GTMO was plagued by increasing tensions and turmoil, Colonel Kinder advocated for the humane treatment and release of the refugees that were being detained there, and changed the conditions and culture of the camps for all Haitian refugees.

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