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A New Pair of Shoes

By Anna Kultin “They stole my childhood.” Joseph uses these simple words to describe his experience as an Iraqi refugee. He was 2½-years-old when his family fled from Iraq to Kuwait back in 1991, during the First Gulf War, then to a refugee camp in Saudi Arabia, hoping for a better life.  777 more words
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Sisters Bridge Seven Decades of Separation

By Kayla Ihrig, AmeriCorps serving the American Red Cross NW Region

I first heard about Marta last September. By this time, her story was known by most of my colleagues as “The Ukraine Sisters.” She was at the heart of an unbelievable story of separation—72 years!—suddenly reunited with her sister on a Skype call from the US to Ukraine. 539 more words

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The International Criminal Court & Why It Matters To The American Public

The American Red Cross invites you to The International Criminal Court and Why It Matters to the American Public, an in-depth and thought provoking discussion that explores the vital importance of upholding and strengthening International Humanitarian Law in a post-9/11 era. 137 more words

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Staying True To International Humanitarian Law: Seattle Lawyer Joe McMillan Weighs In

Seattle-based Joseph McMillan, a partner at Perkins Coie in the Intellectual Property Litigation practice, was a member of the pro bono defense team for Salim Hamdan, who was Osama Bin Laden’s driver. 1,174 more words

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International Humanitarian Law: Now’s the Time to Shape the Future

Christie Edwards, JD, LLM, is National Director of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) for the Red Cross. She has worked globally on international human rights, international humanitarian law, international development policy, and gender issues for over 15 years. 1,086 more words

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Filling in the Gaps with Missing Maps

By Jasmine Turner, AmeriCorps member serving the American Red Cross NW Region

Recently, in the bustling University Village Microsoft store, people of all walks of life could be seen sitting in the back of the building, hunched and hyper-focused over their personal laptops as they worked towards their goal for the day: Mapping vulnerable, uncharted areas in Khayelitsha, Cape Town South Africa. 421 more words

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What is Missing Maps? An Amazing Collaboration for Responding to Crisis by Putting People on the Map!

Missing Maps is a joint effort between the American Red Cross, British Red Cross, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team and Doctors Without Borders. The objective of Missing Maps is simple: to map the most vulnerable places in the world so that NGOs, communities and individuals can use the maps and the data to better respond to crises.  261 more words

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