SEED will host its second annual gala dinner event Children in Crisis, in Washington, D.C., on October 2nd, raising funds for its work supporting the recovery of survivors of violence and conflict in Kurdistan, Iraq. SEED is on the front-line delivering critical psychological and social services to women, men, and children who have been displaced and suffered at the hands of ISIS. Awards will be given to Mercury One, founded by Glenn Beck, and Vital Voices, for their life-saving work with survivors of ISIS in Iraq.

The event will also include Marie Harf, Fox News Contributor, as Master of Ceremonies; Keynote Remarks by CBS News Charles D’Agata who will speak about children affected by this conflict and show excerpts of his new documentary, Children of ISIS; remarks by SEED’s President Sherri Kraham Talabany; and a musical performance by world-renowned Kurdish percussionist Hussein “Hajar” Zahawy. Get your tickets and find event details here!

2017 Solav Award

With the Solav Award, SEED wishes, for the first time this year and in the years ahead, to recognize extraordinary contributions by outstanding individuals and organizations that support survivors of violence and conflict in Iraq, and to honor the survivors, in whose name they serve.

We are delighted that the inaugural awards go to two inspiring organizations, Mercury One and Vital Voices, who both provide life-saving assistance that helps to restore lives, dignity and hope of survivors, respond to the critical needs of the most vulnerable, and empower those who have suffered so much. Founded by TV personality Glenn Beck, Mercury One quietly, boldly, and effectively works to save uncountable lives and give people the support they need to be safe, to start to heal, and to cope with their losses and lives in displacement, or restart their lives somewhere else. Vital Voices provides urgent assistance to survivors of extreme forms of gender-based violence; in Iraq, it has created a special emergency relief fund for thousands of women and girls who have desperate and life-threatening medical, psychological and emergency needs as a result of torture, sexual slavery, and horrendous sexual violence in ISIS captivity, supporting survivors in their gravest hour and giving them hope that they can live again.

You can read more about the Solav Award and our 2017 Solav Awardees here!