Michelle Seyler '12 published two articles this summer with the Women's Media Center project, Women Under Siege.
In the first article Seyler offers several reasons for rape being overlooked in international criminal trials including the difficulty of prosecuting rape crimes and rape not being part of the three main atrocity crimes prosecuted at the international criminal court. Read the full article at Women Under Siege, "Bargaining away justice for women in Rwanda"
In the second article Seyler writes about immigrant women's reluctance to report domestic violence for fear of deportation. Seyler writes, "Although in theory, Arizona law enforcement can’t ask to see immigration documents without this 'reasonable suspicion,' the requirement is one over which lawyers and advocates remain skeptical. They believe the law will pave the way for increased racial profiling and abuse of authority—both of which can affect how readily women will come forward to report allegations of crimes like rape." Read the full article at Women Under Siege, "For immigrant women in U.S., reporting abuse rarely an option"
Michelle Seyler '12 is a graduate of American University with a major in international communications and received her J.D. from UDC-DCSL. She blogs at 4WomenWorldWide.com. You can find her on Twitter @4WomenWorldwide.