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  • Decision to Withdraw from Syria is Rash and Immoral

    Chicago, IL, October 9, 2019 – Heartland Alliance International (HAI) denounces the U.S. Administration’s rash and immoral decision to withdraw from Syria and support the Turkish invasion of northeast Syria. The decision to step aside and allow Turkish military forces to invade puts more than two million civilians at risk of military conflict. Such a …

  • Detroit Man Dies After Deportation to Iraq

    Chicago, IL, August 20, 2019 – Heartland Alliance International (HAI) strongly condemns the deportation of Jimmy Aldaoud to Iraq; an action that ultimately led to his death. Jimmy was born in Greece to Iraqi Christian parents who legally immigrated to the United States (U.S.) through a refugee resettlement program when he was just an infant. …

  • Iraqi Kurdistan Region: In Landmark Case, Highest Court Upholds Conviction of Police for Torture

    Sulaymaniyah, Iraq—The Court of Cassation in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR) for the first time upheld the conviction and sentenced three police officers to imprisonment for committing torture, Heartland Alliance International (HAI) said. HAI and its local partner, the Democracy and Human Rights Development Center (DHRD), resolved a landmark case concerning the arbitrary arrest and …

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  • Empowered Women Empower Women: Q & A with Hillary E. Catrow, L.Ac.

    Empowered Women Empower Women: Q & A with Hillary E. Catrow, L.Ac. World Mental Health Day Edition October 2019 Hillary E. Catrow, L.Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist who provides a body-based approach to reducing the impact of trauma on the lives of survivors. Hillary advocates for the use of trauma-informed, affordable, and accessible acupuncture treatments …

  • Awá: A Tribe That Resists, Survives, and Thrives

    October 2019 The Awá, which  literally means “people,” live in mountainous rainforest regions of the south-west of Colombia and the north-west of Ecuador. For decades, the Awá have been targeted by narcotraffickers because their ancestral land is especially fertile for large coca harvests. They live in a crossfire between rival armed groups and receive little to …

  • Who We’re Supporting: Chicago Torture Justice Center (CTJC)

    August 2019 Cindy Eigler, Co-Executive Director Chicago Torture Justice Center: Communities Healing from Police Violence From 1972-1991, CPD Commander, Jon Burge utilized racially-motivated police torture to obtain false confessions from over 120 predominately African-American men. After decades of grassroots organizing, on May 6, 2015 Chicago became the first municipality to pass a Reparations Ordinance for …

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