Imagine being forced to flee your home because the military is attacking and killing your neighbors, burning down your village, and raping and abducting your wife and children. You want to turn to your government for help, but it doesn’t even recognize you as a citizen. Your only options are to flee, or be killed. … Continue reading The Rohingya, R2P, and Civilian Protection (FPIF)
Last year I headed to Washington, DC with a small group of ladies, not quite sure what to expect, but positive we wanted to be there to make our voices heard. What we experienced was history in the making. Millions of people taking to the streets across the world to protest the new American president, … Continue reading We’re Still Here: Women’s March 2018.
Hey everyone! So, it's been a long time coming, but the day is finally here! "When We Let People Die," an essay collection detailing the many failures and complications of the Responsibility to Protect, is finally out today. We have published the introduction in its entirety over at The Mantle, and I would encourage you … Continue reading The Book is Out!!
In The Mantle's sixth virtual roundtable, I brought together three experts to discuss borders, their purpose, and who they serve. Roundtable participants delve into topics such as the shift to more solidified, violent borders post - 9/11, border identities, and the dichotomy of closed borders in a globalized society. Check out the full roundtable discussion … Continue reading On Borders – A Virtual Roundtable
Over the last 16 years, the question of how to operationalize the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), bringing it “from theory to practice,” has been the focus of great debate among UN member states and human rights organizations. Created as a response to the devastating genocide in Rwanda, the international community has struggled to find a way … Continue reading Will the Veto Ever Be Restrained (The Mantle)
I'm having a hard time with humanity today. I'm having a hard time understanding how eyes can be so closed, and hearts can be so cold. I'm having a hard time understanding why living in a different country makes you less deserving of life. As news stories, videos, and pictures spread of the most recent … Continue reading Syrians need us to remember our humanity
I went to Washington D.C. with a group of ladies. Some I've known, some I met for the first time on November 12, 2016, as we took to the streets of New York to protest the election of Donald Trump. Marching that weekend didn't feel so much like a decision as a necessity. It … Continue reading The Women I Marched With…
When you’re sitting at a cafe reading a book called A Journey to the Dark Heart of Nameless Unspeakable Evil, people tend to get curious. In response to the side-eye, I often found myself describing it as probably the only book you’ll ever read about mass atrocities that has you busting up laughing. At that … Continue reading Finding Humor in Unspeakable Evil (The Mantle)
Here is a great interview I conducted last fall with activist and advocate Betsy Kawamura, founder of the non-profit Women4NonViolence in Peace+Conflict Zones. Ms. Kawamura has spent more than fifteen years working with survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, particularly women who have fled the violent regime in North Korea and are now living as … Continue reading From North Korea to Japan: Empowering Survivors of Gender-Based Violence
I wrote a guest post for the Stop Genocide Now blog this past week on the call for Darfuri refugees living along the Chad/Darfur border to voluntarily repatriate themselves. Click here to read more.