Heartland Alliance International (HAI) has worked in Iraq since 2004, providing critical legal services and trauma-informed mental healthcare to vulnerable populations throughout Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government. With a focus on building the capacity of local organizations, HAI uses a range of right-based and locally-driven strategies to create an equitable and just Iraq.
HAI’s direct access projects serve the most vulnerable people in Iraq, including children, survivors of torture, trauma, trafficking, and gender-based violence, the disabled, and individuals who have been deprived of their legal rights. HAI's capacity-building programs include training of community mental health workers, legal service providers, and journalists.
HAI in Iraq
Mental Health: HAI works to integrate mental health into primary healthcare systems, particularly in places where the mental health consequences of political violence affect large segments of the population. Learn more »
Torture Treatment: HAI provides psychosocial treatment services to survivors of torture, and provides training to community-based mental health workers, to increase access to quality care. Learn more »
Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: HAI’s SGBV protection programs combine direct service on behalf of specific individuals with advocacy and organizational development, toward the goal of legislative and cultural change. Learn more »
Critical Priority Countries: HAI has built expertise with rapid start-up and effective management in acute emergency and post-disaster situations, to meet the needs of marginalized and vulnerable populations. Learn more »
HAI works to provide services to Iraqi victims of violence and support local organizations through the following programs:
Heartbeat Iraq: Heartland Alliance's newsletter on Iraqi programs.
Watch HAI's Iraq Country Director, Lynn Hiestand, speak on Inside Kurdistan Extra: