It's the one question we are asked every time the last frame fades: "What can we do?"
When an issue seems as large and insurmountable as sexual violence in conflict, how do we get beyond theoretical discussions and come up with solutions--not only for policy, but also for us?
This will be a salon style discussion moderated by THE UNCONDEMNED's co-director Michele Mitchell and will feature special guests:
- Lauren C. Anderson, Former Head of the FBI in Francophone Africa
- Lauren Baer, Member of the Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State
- Elizabeth Blackney, Director of Media and Communications at Panzi USA
- Consolee Nishimwe, Author of TESTED TO THE LIMIT: A Genocide Survivor's Story of Pain, Resilience, and Hope
- Gigi Scoles, Director of Legal Initiatives on the human rights team at Vital Voices Global Partnership
- Vidya Sri, Co-Founder of Every Woman Everywhere
Coffee and a light breakfast will be served.
Tickets are free (!) but please RSVP online.
Please contact clarissa.sosin[at]filmat11.tv with any questions.
Lauren C. Anderson is a former FBI executive who was the first woman to lead FBI offices in France and Africa, where she directed the FBI’s engagement with, and operations in, 24 countries. She led the US response to the May 2003 Casablanca terrorist attacks and also worked with Department of Justice attorneys, the Department of State, the Rwandan Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice, and Defense, and the Rwandan National Police to craft an unprecedented agreement between the United States and Rwanda to prosecute Rwandan nationals responsible for terrorist attacks, among many other missions.
Following her five-year overseas assignment, Lauren directed all International Terrorism investigations of the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force, the largest in the nation, with representation from more than 50 local, state and federal agencies. She oversaw the disruption of many terrorist plots, in the U.S., Africa, and Western Europe, and the successful prosecutions of these individuals, including neuroscientist and Al Qa’eda facilitator Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, who, in 2014, ISIS sought in exchange for US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. Ms. Anderson also served as the interim Special Agent in Charge of the New York Counterterrorism Division and the Intelligence Division.
One of the first women on an FBI SWAT team, Lauren and her teams have received numerous awards and commendations, including from the Director of National Intelligence, the US Attorney General, Director of the National Security Agency, the Respect for Law Alliance, and the Federal Executive Board, as well as from foreign counterparts. She was the only FBI recipient of Legal Momentum’s Public Sector Award and currently serves on the US Comptroller General’s Advisory Board at the Government Accountability Office and is a Global Ambassador with Vital Voices.
Lauren Baer is a member of the Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State, where she has served as a senior advisor to Secretaries of State John Kerry and Hillary Clinton, and is responsible for driving U.S. foreign policy related to human rights, democracy, and international law. Ms. Baer has spearheaded a number of key State Department initiatives, including founding the Department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs, drafting the Department’s first Youth Policy, and serving as Vice Chair of the Federal Advisory Committee on the Secretary of State’s Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society. She has played a particularly influential role in shaping the Department’s policy towards the human rights of LGBT persons, including crafting high-level responses to anti-LGBT legislation, establishing innovative partnerships with the faith and business communities, and defining the strategic mandate for the new LGBT Envoy.
Prior to joining the State Department, Ms. Baer was a senior litigation associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where her practice focused on complex international disputes and federal appellate and Supreme Court matters.
Ms. Baer clerked for the Honorable Robert Sack on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and was a policy consultant to The Albright Group LLC, the global strategy firm headed by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
She is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Truman National Security Project Fellow, a member of the NationSwell Council, and Vice President of the Association of Marshall Scholars.
Ms. Baer holds a B.A. from Harvard University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Oxford.
Elizabeth Blackney, Media and Communications Director for Dr. Denis Mukwege and Panzi Hospital and Foundations. She has led creative teams on human rights and political advocacy campaigns, developed reputation management strategies for corporate clients and advocacy organizations. Her expertise in blending media, advocacy, good governance and diplomatic accountability, informs every campaign. An author, mother, and survivor, she develops media protocols and training for core constituencies in the human rights, political, and philanthropic environments.
Consolee Nishimwe is the author of the groundbreaking memoir Tested to the Limit: A Genocide Survivor's Story of Pain, Resilience and Hope (2012). She is the winner of the 2013 ASALH Living Legacy Award, What Better Looks Like Award, and New York City Council Citation Award and has been hailed by the Together for Girls Organization as one of 50 Global Heroes who help stop sexual violence against children. She is an internationally-recognized speaker on the 1994 Rwandan genocide and advocate for women, especially survivors of sexual violence in conflict. She currently lives in New York.
Gigi Scoles is the Director of Legal Initiatives on the human rights team for the Vital Voices Global Partnership. She began her legal career as an assistant prosecutor in Essex County, NJ, where she spent most of her 9 years assigned to the Special Victims Unit. She has been active on issues surrounding violence against women and children on the US and international level, including a stint in 2009 with the US Department of Justice as the Intermittent Legal Advisor to the government of Djibouti focused on human trafficking. She has taught and designed courses on a variety of topics ranging from commercial sexual exploitation of children; child protection; domestic violence; sexual assault; and human trafficking in New Jersey and around the world, including Africa, Asia and North America. She graduated from McGill University and then the Rutgers School of Law. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Vidya Sri is the Co-Founder of Everywoman Everywhere. Vidya leads the Initiative on Violence Against Women at the Carr Center, Harvard Kennedy School, which examines the legal and implementation gaps in the global framework on VAW with a specific interest in the potential for a Global Treaty on VAW.
Vidya is the Founder of Gangashakti an organization that conducts research and raises awareness on Forced Marriage. Gangashakti provides technical assistance on forced marriage and delivers training to service providers. Vidya has written “Voices From the Frontline,” a ground breaking paper that draws data from over 500 surveys, 52 case studies, and 22 interviews with frontline responders on forced marriage in the United States.This paper has been cited in an August, 2014 Resolution passed by the American Bar Association which acknowledges, for the first time, forced marriage in the United States as a human rights violation. Vidya is the author of The Definition of Forced Marriage for the Encyclopedia of Sexual Violence and Abuse. Sri, V. (Oct.2012). Forced Marriage. In J.L. Postmus (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Sexual Violence and Abuse. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
Vidya’s work has been covered by Thompson Reuters and Al-Jazeera America. She has been the focus of in-depth interviews on NPR and TV Asia.
Vidya has over 10 years of leadership experience in the Fortune 100 with a focus on organizational management.