Supporting the Will of Informed Survivors of Human Trafficking

2020-12-03T16:14:36+00:00November 30th, 2020|Stories|

SEED supports clients from diverse backgrounds and is dedicated to taking a client-centered approach, ensuring each individual’s needs are met. Maureen, a 38-year-old woman from Tanzania, was placed in a household in Sulaimani, Kurdistan, as a domestic worker. After nearly a year, Maureen was forced to work longer hours than agreed upon, denied freedom of [...]

A Safe Space for Survivors of Trafficking During COVID-19

2020-09-12T17:07:53+00:00September 12th, 2020|Stories|

Shelter-in-place orders, restricted movements and government closures, necessary measures to slow the spread of the COVID-19 in Kurdistan, have resulted in a financial crisis leaving many migrant workers unemployed, and with compromised legal status as work permits expired. International travel bans meant those undertaking domestic work were unable to return to their home countries, and [...]

SEED Launches Group Therapy in Chamishko Camp

2020-08-20T15:58:00+00:00August 20th, 2020|Stories|

SEED continuously strives to strengthen its services to meet the needs of the communities it serves. One of the gaps that was identified was the need for a specialized group response to benefit from support of peers with similar challenges. This need could be addressed by launching an adapted version of group therapy for camp [...]

Legal First in Kurdistan: Trafficking Survivor Obtains Birth Certificate

2020-12-01T07:56:05+00:00July 30th, 2020|Stories|

Jasmine*,26, like many migrant workers who become victims of trafficking, believed she was coming to Kurdistan via an employment agency to work and provide a better life for her family in Sierra Leone. Little did Jasmine know, she would set legal precedent by becoming the first mother to obtain a birth certificate for her child [...]

PSS Sessions Fill the Voids in Camp Life

2020-07-28T11:54:36+00:00July 28th, 2020|Stories|

“There’s nothing to do after school, and we want more activities to do. Especially soccer,” explained a teenage boy.  It was a cloudless Monday in chilly February with the sunshine filtering into a room accompanied by sounds of children playing outside. Six teenage boys sat in a neat circle on beige plastic chairs, some leaning [...]

PTSD: Not Just a Battle for Soldiers

2020-06-30T16:35:35+00:00June 30th, 2020|Stories|

Leila*, 23, a Yezidi woman originally from Shingal (Sinjar), currently lives with her family in Chamishko IDP Camp in Duhok governorate after they had to flee their home. When Leila was 12 years, her cousin, who was her best friend and like a sister to her, suddenly passed away. Leila was deeply shocked and upset [...]

Parents learn value in psychoeducation

2019-12-17T13:39:45+00:00December 17th, 2019|Stories|

A mother brought her son Ary*, three years old, to SEED’s facilities in a local public health clinic in Erbil, seeking help for her son’s aggressive behavior and describing it as abnormal for his age; he was needy, aggressive, always crying, and hurting others around him with knives. Ary had a lack of focus and [...]

Psychoeducation for Spouse Was Key in Helping Yezidi Activist

2019-12-01T09:28:09+00:00December 1st, 2019|Stories|

As a Yezidi community activist, Faisal* was constantly exposed to stories including the genocide, rape, killing, and torture of his people comitted by ISIS leaving Faisal experiencing symptoms of emotional trauma. However, with psychological support facilitated by SEED for him and his family, he has improved his mental health significantly and enabled him to return [...]

Abused Sulaimani Woman Improves with Psychosocial Care

2020-01-09T13:06:28+00:00December 1st, 2019|Stories|

Women and girls, in particular, in Kurdistan and Iraq often face forms of abuse in the home, including but not limited to physical and emotional harm. Lacking sufficient local psychosocial systems, survivors have few options. In one recent example, SEED’s partner organization in Sulaimani, Wchan, provided mental health services in order to help Helin* improve [...]

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