This post provides an overview for people who heard about Dr. Dhafir’s case at the recent National Assembly Conference:

Dhafir Case Summary

ACLU Statement on the case.

Listen to a  30-minute interview of Katherine given after Dr. Dhafir was sentenced to 22 years in prison.

Read Katherine’s article (mentioned in the interview).

Watch a video (shown at trial) of Dr. Dhafir at a fundraising event for his charity Help the Needy. Read Katherine’s article, Crime of Compassion.

See Denis Halliday’s letter (former U.N. assistant-secrerary-general and head of the U.N. Humanitarian Program in Iraq 1997-98) about the case. Hear Denis speak about Dr. Dhafir’s case.  Denis is a member of the Dr. Dhafir Support Committee Advisory Board.

We are currently awaiting a decision in Dr. Dhafir’s appeal.  You can find out more about the appeal here.



The most important thing you can do is write to Dr. Dhafir to let him know he is not forgotten and that his humanitarian work is appreciated:

Rafil A. Dhafir
P.O. Box 33
Terre Haute
IN 47808

Please write your name and address on the letter and envelope so that he will know whom the letter is from. Do not address him as “Doctor” as these letters are being returned.  (Because of a continuing problem with his shoulder Dr. Dhafir is not able to answer all the letters he receives, but he greatly appreciates receiving letters and cards and I encourage you to write to him.)


Join the Dr. Dhafir Support Committee by writing to MacGregor Eddy, Acting Chair, email: mindful [at]


Receive updates about the case by writing to Katherine Hughes: katherinehugh [at]


Tell others about the case.

Feel free to republish any of Katherine’s articles.  (Please put a link to this site:


Help the Dr. Dhafir Support Committee produce a documentary by sending a donation for any amount to:
Dr. Dhafir Support Committee Documentary Fund
Law Offices of Stephen F. Downs
26 Dinmore Road
Selkirk, N.Y. 12158

Make checks payable to “Dr. Dhafir Support Committee”
Please note that donations are not tax deductible.


Make a donation for any amount to Dr. Dhafir’s legal fund.


Consider having a fundraising event to raise money for Dr. Dhafir’s documentary fund or his legal fund.