Kathleen Peratis, Human Rights Watch Board member and Women's Rights Division Advisory Committee chair, authored this report based on research she conducted in Jordan in July 2003. LaShawn R. Jefferson, executive director of the Women's Rights Division; Cynthia Brown, consultant to Human Rights Watch; and Farida Deif, Middle East and North Africa researcher for the Women's Rights Division, edited the report. Joe Stork, acting executive director of the Middle East and North Africa division; James Ross, senior legal advisor; and Joseph Saunders, deputy program director, provided additional review. Julie Hassman, intern for the Womens Rights Division, assisted with background research. Mohamed Abdel Dayem, Erin Mahoney, Elizabeth Morrow, Andrea Holley, and Fitzroy Hepkins provided production assistance.
This report would not have been possible without the assistance of numerous individuals in Jordan including Asma Khader; Rana Husseini; Reem Abu Hassan; and the Office of Her Majesty, Queen Rania, especially Diala S. Al-Alami.
We would like to express our deep gratitude to the brave women incarcerated in the Jweideh Womens Correctional and Rehabilitation Centre in Amman, deprived of their freedom for no reason other than being related to murderous men, who are themselves walking free. They were willing to tell us of their plight in the hope that our report might play a part in their release.
The Women's Rights Division gratefully acknowledges the support of the Dobkin Family Foundation, the Moriah fund, the Oak Foundation, the Streisand Foundation, the Schooner Foundation, and the members of the Advisory Committee of the Women's Rights Division.