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Yazidi Genocide: Slavery, Gender, & Sexual Violence

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The Yezidi Genocide sadly included a number of highly gendered and especially brutal crimes. When ISIS abducted Yezidi women, elderly women were executed. Other women and girls were sorted and selected like animals, trafficked through a highly organized slavery system that included court documents certifying ‘ownership’, and subjected to horrific sexual violence, in some cases for many years. Even today thousands of Yezidis, mostly women, remain unaccounted for and missing. Panelists will discuss the legal and psychological impact of slavery, crimes of sexual violence in the context of a mass atrocity like the Yezidi Genocide, and how to best legally address these crimes.


  • Akila Radhakrishnan, President, Global Justice Center (Host)
  • Patricia Visuer Sellers, Special Gender Advisory to the ICC Prosecutor’s Office
  • Beth Van Schaack, Visiting Professor of Human Rights, Stanford Law School
  • Jocelyn Getgen Kestenbaum, Associate Professor of Clinical Law, Cardozo School of Law
  • Alexandra Lily Kather, Visiting Fellow for Global Justice, Goldsmiths University London
  • Mayan Hussein, Psychotherapist, Free Yezidi Foundation

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