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Free American Pastor Andrew Brunson


A Christian pastor in Turkey has been arrested. He is in great danger.

American Pastor Andrew Brunson – a U.S. citizen from North Carolina – has been falsely charged with “membership in an armed terrorist organization.” The charging documents state no “evidence has[] been gathered” against him. He has been a Christian pastor in Turkey for the past 23 years.

Pastor Andrew has been transferred from a detention facility to prison. During his 63-day detainment, he was denied access to his Turkish attorney.

Turkey – our NATO ally – has begun increased crackdowns on Christians. If convicted, Pastor Andrew could face years in prison based on extremely serious – and false – charges.

At the ACLJ, we’re representing the family, mobilizing our international resources – including our offices in the region – demanding Pastor Andrew’s freedom. Take action with us before it’s too late.

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