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This report was researched by Allyson Collins, Associate Director of the U.S. Program of Human Rights Watch and Ms. Collins was also the lead writer on the report, assisted by Jamie Fellner, Director of the U.S. Program. Ms. Fellner, Cynthia Brown, a consultant to Human Rights Watch, and Ian Gorvin, consultant in the Program Office of Human Rights Watch, edited the report. The legal review was conducted by James Ross, Senior Legal Advisor. C. Dixon Osburn, Director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, and Tanya Domi, a former U.S. Army officer, reviewed the report. Research assistance was provided by Samuel David, Alison K. Hughes, and Paul D. Jacobs, Human Rights Watch associates, and Rachel Rosenbloom, a consultant. Mr. Jacobs also prepared the report for production. Additional production assistance was provided by Patrick Minges, Director of Publications, and Fitzroy Hepkins, Mail Manager.

We are grateful for the invaluable and extensive assistance provided to us by Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a legal and advocacy group dedicated to monitoring the treatment of homosexuals in the military and to assisting those facing discharge under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Each year, the SLDN publishes a report documenting violations of the policy and the official response to those violations. Many of the cases contained in this report were originally compiled by SLDN. We also want to acknowledge with gratitude the help provided to us by the Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Human Rights Watch is grateful for the continuing support of the Open Society Institute for our work on human rights violations in the United States. We would also like to acknowledge with gratitude the financial support for our work on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights violations provided by the Gill Foundation, the David Geffen Foundation, the Snowdon Foundation, Keith Recker, and James C. Hormel and Timothy C. Wu.

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We stand with victims and activists to bring offenders to justice, to prevent discrimination, to uphold
political freedom and to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime.

We investigate and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable.

We challenge governments and those holding power to end abusive practices and respect international
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We enlist the public and the international community to support the cause of human rights for all.

The staff includes Kenneth Roth, executive director; Michele Alexander, development director; Rory Mungoven, advocacy director; Carroll Bogert, communications director; John T. Green, operations director, Barbara Guglielmo, finance director; Lotte Leicht, Brussels office director; Patrick Minges, publications director; Maria Pignataro Nielsen, human resources director; Joe Saunders, interim program director; Wilder Tayler, legal and policy director; and Joanna Weschler, United Nations representative. Jonathan Fanton is the chair of the board. Robert L. Bernstein is the founding chair.

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