New Jersey woman takes on traffickers in Iraq’s Kurdistan region

Source: Al-Monitor / Author: Amberin Zaman / Date: February 12, 2020 Many credit SEED’s co-founder Sherri Kraham Talabani for badgering Iraqi Kurdish authorities into establishing the department for combating trafficking in persons in 2018, and which became operational in June 2019. Full Article

New Jersey woman takes on traffickers in Iraq’s Kurdistan region2020-02-19T11:44:58+00:00

Series: Human Trafficking in Kurdistan

Source: Rudaw English / Author: Hannah Lynch / Date: December 11, 2019 Developing policing procedures and training frontline workers has been a priority of the government and international organizations helping the Kurdistan Region and Iraq establish strategies to combat human trafficking. Journalist Hannah Lynch wrote a four-part series about forms of human trafficking in [...]

Series: Human Trafficking in Kurdistan2020-02-19T08:06:35+00:00

Think Before You Act

In Iraq, many young women are subjected to harassment, exploitation, and abuse due to manipulation of their photos. It may seem innocent, but it's not a joke and can have dire consequences for the victim. And sharing this edited photo on social media is not only wrong, but in Kurdistan it's also illegal. SEED [...]

Think Before You Act2020-02-13T09:16:20+00:00

Interview on Refugee Influx, Winter Donation Drive

Check out SEED President Sherri Kraham Talabany describing  SEED’s response in the Kurdistan Region to the influx of over 15,000 refugees from Rojava. She also touched on SEED's next campaign: Preventing Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment. Our Senior Program Officer, Shano Ibrahim, also highlighted the launch of SEED's Winter Donation Drive. Interview: Audio only  

Interview on Refugee Influx, Winter Donation Drive2019-11-17T09:25:50+00:00

Risking Turkey’s ire, Iraqi Kurds back Syrian brethren

Source: Al-Monitor/ Author: Amberin Zaman / Date: November 4, 2019 An oft-cited reason for why the Kurds do not have their own state is the unremitting disunity among themselves. But Turkey’s Oct. 9 assault against a US-backed Kurdish militia in northeastern Syria has prompted an unprecedented display of pan-Kurdish solidarity. The Iraqi Kurds are at the [...]

Risking Turkey’s ire, Iraqi Kurds back Syrian brethren2019-11-17T20:11:46+00:00

The Security Implications of Human Trafficking

Source: Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) /Authors: Jamille Bigio and Rachel Vogelste/ Date: October 2019 / This report was written as part of the CFR's Women and Foreign Policy Program. Human trafficking is a gross violation of human rights that affects populations across regional, ethnic, and religious lines. It encompasses a range of illicit [...]

The Security Implications of Human Trafficking2019-10-14T13:46:24+00:00

They Were Children When They Were Kidnapped By ISIS and Forced to Fight. What Happens Now That They’re Home?

Source: Time Magazine / Author: Kimberly Dozier / Date: May 23, 2019 This story was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center. Raised in northern Iraq’s small Yezidi religious minority, S. was 9 years old when the so-called Islamic State killed his father and brother, kidnapped him and turned him into a child soldier. He [...]

They Were Children When They Were Kidnapped By ISIS and Forced to Fight. What Happens Now That They’re Home?2019-11-26T19:16:21+00:00

Interview on Human Trafficking

Watch an interview on SEED's new report Human Trafficking in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq with president, Sherri Kraham Talabany on Babylon FM's Breakfast Club.

Interview on Human Trafficking2019-05-26T08:21:40+00:00

Teaching Megadeth in Iraq

Source: The Rolling Stone Magazine / Author: ANDREA MARKS / Date: April 11, 2019 Portland guitarist and Widespread Panic writer Jerry Joseph started Nomad Music Foundation, a nonprofit that brings guitars and music classes to kids in conflict zones Guitar lessons aren’t exactly a top priority in places like Northern Iraq, where thousands of Kurds and [...]

Teaching Megadeth in Iraq2019-05-26T08:26:26+00:00

The Caliphate Is Crushed, But ISIS Infants—Innocent, Abandoned and Despised—Live On

The Caliphate Is Crushed, But ISIS Infants—Innocent, Abandoned and Despised—Live On Source: Daily Beast / Author: KIMBERLY DOZIER DUHOK, Iraqi Kurdistan—In no-man’s land between the Iraqi and Syrian borders, there’s a meeting point for Iraqi families freed from the so-called Islamic State. Smugglers bring their human contraband to meet relieved family members who paid tens [...]

The Caliphate Is Crushed, But ISIS Infants—Innocent, Abandoned and Despised—Live On2019-03-25T15:03:33+00:00