“The aid industry harbors and enables pedophiles worldwide. They regularly prey upon the worlds most vulnerable children.”
– Former senior UN official
In 2016 United Nations Secretary General Guterres recognized more than 140 incidents of sexual abuse implicating more than 300 individuals in peace keeping operations. However, most cases United Nations staff sexual abuse happen outside peace operations. Guterres knows that many victims are children and the above numbers are just the tip of the iceberg.
The situation is getting worse.
As the pandemic wreaked havoc on the world the threat to children worsened and went underground. The Washington Post reported in October 2020 that “…poorest and most marginalized children [now]out of school… can [more easily] be forced into child labor and exploitation… [These children, already the most marginalized] become fodder for online child sexual commercial exploitation [currently] expanding to meet growing demand from locked-down abusers. Moreover, collapse of whole economies and family livelihoods is predictably pushing more children into work and the worst forms of child labor, including the risk of being trafficked.”
In January 2021 the New York Times noted that “… 51 women interviewed… [said] they [were] pressured to provide sex to employees of W.H.O. and other international aid organizations… [Women] faced …pressure when they were seeking jobs and … [sometimes] the men terminated contracts of those who refused…”
– 18 September 2017 Secretary-General’s address to High-Level Meeting on the United Nations Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.
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Working with governments, and NGOs to implement best training, prevention, detection and prosecution of sex abusers.
Providing data to raise awareness. Once the general population is aware of the problem, real change comes swiftly.
We search out perpetrators of sex abuse. We seek to hold perpetrators accountable and compensate abuse victims.
We lobby governments and NGOs on behalf of whistleblowers, and advocate for their safety and security.
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She handles individual, corporate, criminal and civil matters involving unlawful property confiscation, incarceration or risk of incarceration and other rights violations globally. She provides representation before the UN Dispute Tribunals and related bodies. Abbe is a principal consultant for Global Insight headquartered in Hong Kong. Abbe was the first American woman admitted to the International Criminal Court and the first American admitted to the African Court on Human and People’s Rights. She achieved a landmark result at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Abbe attended Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, London School of Economics, London, England and the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene, Oregon. She speaks French and English.
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Attorney Andrew MacLeod is Chairman of Griffin Law and Executive Director of Hear Their Cries. He is a lawyer qualified in both the UK and Australia. He is a Visiting Professor at Kings College London, where he heads the International Genetics Project. He serves on the boards of Consilium Strategies and Burnham Global.
Professor MacLeod advises companies on stakeholder relations and external risks. He served on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Expert Panel on Humanitarian Negotiations. He served on the Advisory Boards of the World Economic Forum’s Future of Civil Society Project, Kings College Humanitarian Futures Project and the UN Expert Group on Responsible Business and Investment in High-Risk Areas.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from Tasmania University, a Master of Laws from Southampton University, a Graduate Diploma in International Law from Melbourne University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Andrew served as Pakistan Operations Chief, UN Emergency Coordination Centre. In the 90s he ran Law of Armed Conflict Military training in Rwanda and former Yugoslavia for the ICRC.
He twice received the Australian Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal for work in the Balkans and Rwanda. He received the Australian Defense Medal for service as an officer in the Australia Infantry.
He received a Red Cross Medal in recognition of his work in East Timor.
In 2008 he received the Australian Davos Connection Leadership Award.
In 2013 Young Britons Foundation, Global Leadership for Freedom Award, 2014 University of Tasmania Foundation distinguished Graduate Award. He was awarded Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellow, Deakin University in 2016.