About Us


The Syrian Emergency Task Force is a non-profit organization based in the United States.  SETF was created to convey the democratic aspirations of Syrians to the American people.  SETF supports humanitarian organizations in their efforts to help the people of Syria and bring the crimes committed by anyone in this regime who engaged in killing, torturing or detainment, to justice through legal, peaceful means.

We are a group of volunteers who believe in the value of freedom and human rights for all people.  Many of us are first or second generation Syrian-Americans who came together after seeing the violent reaction of the Syrian government to the pro-democracy protesters and decided we could not stay silent while our brothers and sisters in Syria face the cruelty and oppression of the regime.  We created the Syrian Emergency Task Force to raise awareness in the United States concerning the violent history of the Assad regime and the continuing oppression the people suffer every day.  As the protests grew and the killing escalated we began collecting information from victims and documenting human rights violations.

We filed a lawsuit on May 11, 2011 to begin the process of bringing these crimes to justice.  The defendants in the case will include members of the Syrian government from the “Mukhabarat” officer who pulled the trigger to the leaders of the regime and everyone in between.  The number of brave individuals willing to come forward to add their experience and share how they have been affected by these horrific crimes is inspiring and makes the case against the regime even stronger.

We have satellite groups that have been working to coordinate with our main D.C. office and their community in Chicago, California, Texas, New Jersey and New York.  The work we do to document the killing, torture and detainment it so important to ensure that these crimes do not go unpunished and the calls for freedom the people of Syria are dying for do not go unheard.


  1. sherif ahmed
    April 4, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I want to help Syria in any way.

    • Dave GArlow
      April 22, 2011 at 11:19 pm

      What courage on the part of the Syrian people! We have not known what it meant to be willing to die for freedom for some time in the US. It is overwhelming to see men and women standing up to what looks like certain death for their rights. God bless them!

      • May 25, 2011 at 11:13 pm

        Thank you for acknowledging the heroic acts of the Syrian people who contuinue to protest peacefully while being slaughtered by their own government.

  2. mohamad khatib
    April 14, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    what is your email please

  3. April 22, 2011 at 3:56 am

    Wow, what you said is very impressive and full of anger, how did you know that knowing that you are from russian republics, and you only lived very limited time in Syria?

  4. May 25, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    I wish you the best

  5. June 1, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    I am here! Let me know “anything” I can do to help. Meanwhile I promise to continue posting Syria updates on facebook, myspace, twitter, tweetme, digg, stumbleupon, reddit, blogged, linkedin, orkut, buzz, tumblr,care2, newsvine and CNN iReports, Hi5, and any others I can think of. I am relieved you are here. I am very worried about Syrian Civilians! I will also pray without ceasing! God bless you!

  6. June 4, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    As Salamu ALaikum,

    Zakat Foundation of of America has already started Syrian crisis relief in the border of Turkey. For details about Syrian Relief campaign please visit
    http://www.zakat.org/where_we_work/campaign/syria/response_to_humanitarian_crises_in_syria/

  1. May 18, 2011 at 8:01 am

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