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Statement of Dennis W. Archer, President,
American Bar Association

Re: Death of ABA Member Arthur Helton in Iraq Bombing

August 20, 2003 - A strong and impassioned voice for refugees and immigrants has been silenced. The legal profession feels a profound loss over the death of Arthur C. Helton: lawyer, scholar and humanitarian. Helton was killed in Iraq in the midst of meeting with United Nations officials on important issues facing the war-torn country. He died as he lived, working indefatigably to help rebuild the lives of those who had lost their histories, homes and borders as a result of armed conflict. His advocacy on behalf of the most vulnerable in our society epitomized the ideals of liberty and justice that the American Bar Association so deeply values. His legacy of selflessness, courage and devotion to the refugee cause will serve as an inspiration to all who value human rights. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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