Sticking with Love

I am enjoying the fruits of other people’s labor. 15 years ago my parents collaborated with a woman named Mia Scarlat to start an organization for children in Bucharest who needed a safe place to go. Mia had the expertise, my family had the concerned American donors, and with a very small budget the group … Continue reading

A Crime That Never Ends

Last week, I focused this blog on the issue of enforced disappearance. I received this response from an advocate working on the front lines for victims’ families, and wanted to share it with you. I’ve added some links in case you want to learn more: I loved this week’s posts on enforced disappearance. I am … Continue reading

Washing Our Hands of Iraq’s Missing Million

I mentioned some scary numbers in yesterday’s post – in particular that anywhere from 250,000 to 1 million Iraqis have disappeared in recent years and not yet been found by their loved ones. These numbers come from three major eras in Iraq’s recent history: War with Iran: Enforced disappearances occurred relatively often in Iraq during … Continue reading

Caring for the Half-Widows

Half-widows, as they’re currently called in Kashmir, actually suffer all over the world – from India to Libya, Chile to Eastern Europe. Some have more difficulties than others, but all share one thing in common: their husbands vanished because of forced disappearance. Forced disappearance – also known as “enforced disappearance” or just “disappearance,” happens when … Continue reading

Vacation or Vocation

We’ve been out West for a long time now, and it has been great to see family, enjoy long nights by the fire, and explore the area by kayak, horse, and foot. So why do I want to go home? I’m not the best vacationer anyway. I always pull my family behind me, moving without … Continue reading

Thank Dad for Home

On Mother’s Day I sent out some gift ideas for Mom that would honor her while caring for some of the people who have not had the gift of stable home. Now it’s Dad’s turn, and in the same spirit, here are some gifts he just might love. Oh, and a few are perfect last-minute … Continue reading

Thank Mom for Home

I got into forced migration because of my mother. Her commitment (obsession, almost, along with my dad) to giving me a stable home growing up caused me to feel deeply for people who do not have homes and are forced to wander. A lot of people I’ve met who work with refugees and trafficking victims … Continue reading

In Washington, Going to Washington

Finally, a personal wait is over in our home. Next fall Michael will be starting at American University’s Washington College of Law! Could we have dreamed up a better fit? Since I’m writing this and not him, I can openly brag that this is an amazing school: ranked in the top ten in international law, … Continue reading

At the Airport

I was waiting for my husband at the airport when I saw that some case workers from Refugee Services were waiting there, too. There were a few cameramen with them, and they all looked out excitedly toward the gate. Soon a couple walked out from behind the corner carrying small, blue plastic bags. They were … Continue reading

I Now Pronounce You Home

Burma on the map Mya* and Kywe* were born and raised in Burma. They met in Sunday School and grew up together. About ten years ago, Mya and Kywe got married. Only a few months later, they began planning a way out. They won’t say what finally convinced them to leave their homeland. Was it … Continue reading

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