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The Whistleblower: Kathryn BolkovacPeacekeeping and Human Trafficking in Bosnia

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 6:15pm - 8:15pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Pulitzer Hall (formerly Journalism Hall), Room 301

When former Nebraska police officer Kathryn Bolkovac was recruited by DynCorp International to support the UN peacekeeping mission in Bosnia, she thought she was signing up to help rebuild a war-torn country.  But once she arrived in Sarajevo, as a human rights investigator, heading the gender affairs unit, she discovered military officers involved in human trafficking and forced prostitution, with links to private mercenary contractors, the UN, and the U.S. State Department. After bringing this evidence to light, Bolkovac was successively demoted, threatened with bodily harm, fired, and ultimately forced to flee the country under cover of darknessbringing the incriminating documents with her. Thanks to the evidence she collected, she won a lawsuit against DynCorp, publicly exposing their human rights violations.  Her story, recounted in the book The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman's Fight for Justice, later become the Hollywood feature film The Whistleblower.

Ms. Bolkovac will discuss her story, human trafficking, and other topics with Tanya Domi, whose reporting broke this story.