I have spent much of my professional life helping Indigenous peoples and local communities in Ecuador win a historic $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron for the deliberate dumping of cancer-causing oil waste into the Amazon. As part of a vicious retaliation campaign, Chevron has attacked me for 10 years using hundreds of lawyers with the goal of blocking my advocacy, bankrupting my family, and frightening off activists and environmental allies.Chevron recently orchestrated my criminal contempt prosecution after I challenged an unprecedented order from a federal judge that I turn over my computer and phone for review by Chevron lawyers. After the regular prosecutor in Manhattan (the SDNY) refused the case, the judge appointed a corporate law firm with deep ties to the oil and gas industry to prosecute me. This law firm had me put under indefinite house arrest on August 6 where I remain now, almost six months later. I might be the only person in pre-trial detention in the entire country on a misdemeanor charge. There is a costly battle ahead, the outcome of which is essential not just for me and my family but also for the larger global struggle for justice. To meet this challenge, I need financial support urgently.Funds raised are not tax-deductible. They will be held in trust and administered by the Friedman Rubin law firm in Seattle, Washington. Richard Friedman, the principal, has represented me pro bono in many aspects of the litigation. Funds will pay legal costs and basic living expenses. Legal expenses alone are expected to surpass $1 million. Donations of all sizes are deeply appreciated.
If you would like to Donate By CheckFriedman Rubin, In Trust for the Legal Defense of Steven Donziger,1126 Highland Avenue, Bremerton, WA 98337
“Steven is a true hero of the environmental movement.”
“What Chevron and its law firms are doing to Steven is the most grotesque thing I have observed in the American legal system in 40 years of practice. Attacking the other side’s lawyers is what defendants do if they have no defense on the merits. Chevron has made no secret of the fact that its only hope is, in their words, to ‘demonize Donziger.’ I have never met anyone more courageous or resilient than Steven Donziger.”
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