Survivors of ISIS captivity and violence face many barriers to their reintegration and recovery. SEED works to strengthen protections and services and advocates for survivors’ rights.

In 2014, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targeted attacks against the Yezidi population of Iraq including extensive and grave sexual violence against women and girls, including enslavement, trafficking, rape, and torture. Over 5,000 women were abducted and subjected to extreme violence. The women and girls who survived ISIS captivity and reunited with their families in the KRI face extreme poverty, displacement, and stigma, all while processing the traumatic experiences and physical consequences from their time in captivity.


Barriers to accessing basic services

Missing identification & legal documents

Significant physical & mental health needs

Lack of access to safe & private housing

Custody and care of children born of war



Yezidi Survivors’ Law: Recommendations for Implementing Regulations

The Yezidi Survivors’ Law was a milestone achievement in recognizing the rights and needs of survivors of ISIS atrocities, but the success of this groundbreaking legislation depends on clear and comprehensive regulations. SEED Foundation’s recommendations are designed to secure an implementation process that centers survivors and supports their recovery.


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Supporting the Reintegration and Recovery of Female Survivors of ISIS in Kurdistan, Iraq

SEED’s in-depth report recommends ways to strengthen the reintegration and recovery of female survivors of ISIS, assesses survivors’ priority needs upon return, examines key challenges in reintegration, identifies promising practices in supporting survivors in successful reintegration, advocates for government actors, community and religious leaders, NGOs, and the donor community to better support the reintegration of survivors returning from ISIS captivity.

Supporting the Recovery and Reintegration of Former Child Soldiers

Children are one of the most vulnerable groups affected by conflict and thousands were exposed to extreme violence in captivity. However, they also possess great resilience and, when given the chance, the potential to heal.
Addressing the needs of children who have survived the ISIS conflict and returned to their communities in the KRI or other parts of Iraq is crucial; failure to provide required services places them at heightened risk of further harm towards themselves and others.

Children Born of the ISIS War

The traumatic experiences women faced in ISIS captivity are compounded by the societal, community, and family response to their children born of war. The consequences of not addressing the cause of the children born of war will be long-lasting and destabilizing for all of Iraq.

SEED speaks to three international experts about their perspectives and experiences in other countries recovering from war and how they tackled these obstacles to acceptance and to increase respect for women and children’s legal and social rights.

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