Statement of National NOW President Christian F. Nunes
WASHINGTON, D.C. — NOW is overjoyed by the news that Brittney Griner will finally return to the United States after months of imprisonment in Russia. Her trial was nothing but political theater staged by the Russian government, followed by her unjust, wrongful detention. While her release brings relief and joy to her family, Brittney’s readjustment back into her life will require support, privacy, and space.
NOW expresses appreciation and gratitude to the Biden Administration, U.S. Embassy officials, and her family who helped secure her safe release. Brittney’s release also reminds us that there are other American citizens still being wrongfully detained and need our support. NOW calls for the same unrelenting attention to ensure the welfare of all U.S. citizen detainees as an ongoing priority.
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The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the nation’s leading membership-based advocacy group dedicated to defending women’s rights, advancing equality and combating injustice in all aspects of social, political and economic life. Through educating, mobilizing, and convening a vast network of grassroots activists across the country, NOW advocates for national, state and local policies that promote an anti-racist and intersectional feminist agenda. Since its founding in 1966, NOW has been on the frontlines of nearly every major advancement for women’s rights and continues to champion progressive values today. More about NOW’s efforts and resources is available at NOW.org.