Cori directed Reprieve’s Abuses in Counter-Terrorism team for seven years and now runs the Libya rendition cases.
A US lawyer, Cori joined Reprieve in 2006 on a fellowship to represent Guantánamo prisoners. She was made Director in 2009 and served until July 2016.
During her tenure the ACT team freed over two dozen clients from Guantánamo, and secured the release of many others from Bagram and other prisons (Morocco, Egypt, Somalia).
She devised two landmark court challenges to force-feeding at Guantánamo that established prisoners’ right to litigate mistreatment, and won the first disclosure of force-feeding footage. Her team (with the Guardian) aired a video reconstruction of force-feeding that ten million watched in 24 hours.
The team’s groundbreaking projects on drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen – investigating strikes, filing litigation in four countries, and bringing survivors to the United States and Europe – spurred global debate about drone warfare.
Cori still manages litigation for Libyan dissidents Abdul-Hakim Belhaj and Sami al-Saadi and their families, which include the only known child victims of CIA-MI6 “rendition.” The UK Government settled the al-Saadi civil case for £2.2 million. The Belhaj case, which seeks an apology, continues, as does the case arising from Operation Lydd—a Scotland Yard investigation into senior UK officials for these abductions.
She appears regularly on broadcast and has published (in her name and for clients) in the Guardian, Reuters, al Jazeera, the Independent, CNN, Newsweek, the New York Times, and the New York Daily News.
Cori graduated from the University of Texas in 2003 and Harvard Law School in 2006. In 2009, she won the law school’s Gary Bellow award for public service.