#FreeAdnan - The Adnan Syed Trust

Helping Adnan fund his legal defense #FreeAdnan

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April 1, 2015 — Attorneys Rabia Chaudry, Susan Simpson, and Colin Miller are proud to announce the launch of a new podcast, “Undisclosed: The State v. Adnan Syed”, sponsored by the Adnan Syed Legal Trust.

The remarkable success of the podcast “Serial”, which brought to light the many questions that remained unresolved in this case, also left many questions unanswered. In the wake of Serial, much new evidence and information has been discovered and uncovered thanks to the investigations of attorneys Susan Simpson, Colin Miller, and the Adnan Syed Legal Trust.

“Undisclosed”, a bi-weekly podcast, will examine and explore the case in greater detail, from an investigatory perspective instead of a narrative one. The first episode will launch on April 13th, 2015.

For donors to the Adnan Syed Trust: your support has made this podcast possible. Thank you! Please check it on April 13 at www.undisclosed-podcast.com.

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Help #FreeAdnan

Thanks for taking the time to visit the official Adnan Syed Trust crowdfunding campaign. If Adnan's story resonated with you, please consider donating to this trust. The money you donate here will be applied directly to exonerating Adnan, including his legal defense and associated investigative efforts. You can also share this campaign with friends and family on social media.

Who is Adnan Syed?

You're probably here because you've heard about Adnan on Serial. In case not, here is a brief synopsis: Adnan Syed was 17 when he was arrested and wrongfully convicted for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999 in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland. Both Adnan and Hae were high school seniors at Woodlawn High School, honor roll students, athletes, popular and well liked among their peers. Adnan was sentenced to life plus thirty years, with no evidence or witnesses other than one shady character. To learn more please visit our blog, Split the moon.

As grateful as we are to the folks at Serial for bringing worldwide attention to Adnan's case, we hope to remind you that Adnan is more than just a character on a podcast, his story revealed as intimately and raw as one might expect from a close friend. He's more than message board fodder or the topic of water cooler conversation, more than a voice speaking to you through earbuds. His story will last longer than one season.

Adnan is a real person, right now 33 years old, facing the very real possibility of lifelong confinement for a crime we believe he did not commit.

But with your help, we can change that.

A Ray of Hope: Special Appeals Court

On Friday, February 6, 2015 the state of Maryland granted Adnan his application for an appeal. This means that the Maryland Court of Special Appeals will hear Adnan's appeal. If the court grants Adnan's request and overturns his conviction, there is a very real chance that he will be retried. Another trial means more legal fees, more money needed to follow-up on tips, more money to talk to potential witnesses.

These efforts will be costly. Unfortunately, and what might be obvious to you, is that Adnan has been incarcerated for more than 14 years. He is unable to pay for his own defense. He needs help to pay the legal fees, to follow-up on the tips and find the witnesses. He needs financial help in order to fund the chance to win back his freedom.

To our donors-- you have played such a tremendous role in supporting Adnan. You are a part of our team and we are eternally grateful for what you've given. We ask now that you continue to support us. Spread the word. Let people know that now is the time for them to join in the just struggle to #FreeAdnan.

If you haven't yet donated, please consider doing so. Your money will go directly to Adnan's defense and associated investigative efforts. If Adnan is released without retrial, acquitted or otherwise exonerated, or if Adnan exhausts his appeals, the remaining money be held in trust for Adnan to use or to donate as he wishes.

Thanks for visiting. We sincerely hope you'll help Adnan by donating. For updates on the fund, and on Adnan's case, visit Rabia Chaudry's blog at Split the Moon.

Who We Are

  • Rabia Chaudry - Rabia Chaudry is a wife, mother, attorney, President of the Safe Nation Collaborative, National Security Fellow at the New America Foundation, and a senior CVE consultant. She is a family friend to Adnan Syed and has been fighting for his case since the start.
  • Dennis Robinson - Dennis Robinson is an attorney, soldier, analyst and native of Baltimore, MD. His work as an attorney focuses on defendant first appearance rights and national security law.


  • The Trust for Adnan Syed (herein referred to as the "Trust") and accompanying crowdfunding site were established by concerned citizens and friends of Adnan Syed. Adnan Syed's attorneys are not trustees or organizers for this site.
  • The organizers for this crowdfunding campaign do not directly represent Adnan Syed.
  • Contributions to the Trust through this crowdfunding site or otherwise are not tax deductible.
  • The Trust may accept unlimited personal and corporate contributions.
  • Contributors to the Trust should consult their own tax advisers regarding any potential gift tax consequences.

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