The U.S.’s wars and occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan have left behind a legacy of gender-based violence. During the wars, it has now been established that senior administration officials authorized the use of torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, including sexua
Shortly after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, reports show that violence against women began to proliferate. More than 400 Iraqi women were abducted and raped within the first four months of U.S. occupation. Reports now show that the rates of many forms of violence against women
On the tenth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Iraqis and U.S. military veterans came together to hold the U.S. government accountable for the lasting effects of war and the rights of veterans and civilians to heal. The Iraq war is not over for Iraqi civilians and U.S. veterans who continue to struggle with various forms of trauma and injury; for Iraqis and veterans who suffer the effects of environmental poisoning due to certain U.S. munitions and burn pits of hazardous material; and for a growing generation of orphans and people displaced by war.