As we honor World Refugee Day, the EPIC Ground Truth Project is excited to share part 1 of our in-depth interview with a rising champion for the human rights and needs of Iraq's most vulnerable refugees.
From January to December 2005, Kirk Johnson worked tirelessly with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to help rebuild war-torn Iraq -- first as an information officer at USAID/Iraq’s Baghdad headquarters, and later as USAID’s first regional coordinator for reconstruction in Fallujah. When a near-fatal accident during a vacation prevented him from returning to Iraq, he began to write about his experience and soon became a passionate advocate for America’s responsibility to protect Iraq’s most vulnerable refugees, including former colleagues and others at risk for their affiliation with U.S. government agencies.
In Part 1 of our interview, we talk with Kirk about his time with USAID, what he learned along the way, and his recommendations for going forward. Later this week, we will release Part 2, examining Kirk's current efforts to protect and resettle Iraqis who are at extreme risk for being affiliated with U.S. efforts in Iraq.
Kirk Johnson's story exemplifies the difference one person can make in the lives of the Iraqi people. For World Refugee Day, rally with EPIC, Kirk and hundreds of EPIC supporters by sending a letter to your Members of Congress, urging them to do more to assist and protect Iraqi refugees. With nearly 1,000 already delivered, we are well on our way to reaching our goal of 3,000 constituent letters.
It's not too late to send your personalized letters to Congress. Take action to protect Iraqi refugees right now.