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Learning to Better Treat Mentally Traumatized Patients in Iraq

This month, a group of Iraqi medical professionals, social workers and psychiatrists gathered in Mosul for three days to undergo intensive training on integrating the provision of mental health care in primary health care centers and hospitals. The professionals in this group work at 16 different facilities and organizations across Iraq, in Mosul, Sinjar, Baghdad and other locations, all affected by years of war. Some of the training participants The training was led by Dr. Abdul-Monaf al-Jadiry, one of Iraq’s leading psychiatrists, who conducted an in-depth needs assessment of the mental health care sector in Ninewa and the government and

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Welcome to Our Fall Interns 2018!

  Three times per year, EPIC welcomes a new cohort of interns – young professionals seeking to add practical experience to their academic backgrounds in humanitarian affairs, international relations, security studies, political science, public relations, and beyond. We are grateful for their contributions to our research, action, and advocacy, and for the opportunity to connect them to Iraq and its people. Please join us in welcoming our Fall  2018 interns: Haley and Ryan!     Haley Huffman received her bachelor’s in History with a minor in Middle Eastern Communities & Migrations from James Madison University. She lived in Nice, France during the summer

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Marking World Mental Health Day in Iraq

Communities in Iraq are putting their lives back together after years of conflict. Amid efforts to physically rebuild Iraqi cities and towns that witnessed heavy fighting, Iraqi mental health professionals are beginning to address the less visible fallouts of the war – the trauma children and families continue to experience even as threats to their safety recede. Today, on World Mental Health Day, we ask you to contribute to the efforts of the selfless Iraqis working to help communities overcome the horrors they have endured. We have launched a CrowdRise campaign aiming to raise $15,000 by the end of October

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Taif Jany on Joining the Board

I am humbled and honored to connect with EPIC today as the newest, and possibly youngest, member of EPIC’s Board of Directors. In my view, EPIC’s work has never been more important to breaking the cycle of violence in Iraq, which is why I’m eager to reconnect with supporters like you. Come join me in supporting EPIC’s CrowdRise campaign to bring hope to children and families in need. Here’s a little bit about me. I was born and raised in Baghdad and left Iraq in late 2006 amidst the sectarian civil war. I sought refuge in Syria where I lived for

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Asking For Your Support

  In places like Mosul and Sinjar, communities have embarked on the long road to recovery. Young people are using their bare hands to clear debris. Health clinics and shops have reopened and schools are preparing for the next school year. While such physical signs of rebuilding can be seen across Iraq’s conflict-affected areas, we must never lose sight of the hidden wounds of war. That’s why we’ve launching this CrowdRise campaign. Our goal: raise $15,000 by July 15th to kick start the provision of mental health care for traumatized children and families in areas most affected by ISIS and

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Bring Hope to Traumatized Families in Iraq

  We have seen it firsthand in Mosul and among displaced families who have fled to safer areas. The human costs of ISIS’s atrocities and the war have been devastating for families and their children. EPIC’s Board of Directors and I invite you to join us on CrowdRise today as we respond to support mental health care for traumatized families in Iraq. Support our campaign on CrowdRise. Throughout the crisis, EPIC stood with the people of Iraq during their time of need. Supporters like you helped us deliver humanitarian assistance to more than 60,000 Iraqis fleeing ISIS or caught in areas

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Welcome to Our Summer 2018 Interns!

Three times per year, EPIC welcomes a new cohort of interns – young professionals seeking to add practical experience to their academic backgrounds in humanitarian affairs, international relations, security studies, political science, public relations, and beyond. We are grateful for their contributions to our research, action, and advocacy, and for the opportunity to connect them to Iraq and its people. Please join us in welcoming our Summer 2018 interns: Savva, Dalia, Jesse, and Tamara!   Savva Martyshev is an undergraduate student at Davidson College pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies. Savva’s focus primarily lies in international politics

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Information for Iraqis in the U.S. Interested in Voting in May 12 Elections

  This information is reposted from our friends at the Iraqi-American Young Professionals for Iraqis in the U.S. interested in voting in Iraq’s May Parliamentary elections: Iraqis living in the U.S. who are interested in voting in the May elections can do so May 10 and May 11. Make sure you have everything required, but remember that the right to vote is a constitutionally protected right that no one can take away without a good reason. If a polling official says there is a problem with your documentation, ask to speak to the poll manager. Do not let them turn

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EPIC Open House – Wednesday May 9

As you may know, we recently moved our Washington office to the historic Uline Arena, a cost-friendly location that better suits our needs and keeps us close to the center of advocacy action. As the warm weather arrives, we are excited to invite you to join us for an Open House Happy Hour at our new space! Open House Happy Hour Wednesday, May 9, 2018 6 – 8 PM EPIC Office Terrace 1140 Third Street NE Washington, DC 20002 There is no cost to attend, although donations are always welcome. Snacks and drinks will be available as we enjoy each other’s company and share details about

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Run or walk “In Their Shoes” with EPIC!

Looking for a fun excuse to get outside this spring? Then join us on Saturday, May 5th for the Iraqi Children Foundation‘s annual “In Their Shoes” 5k! Enjoy Iraqi music, food, and family-friendly activities! Invite your friends to take part and sign up before this Saturday to take advantage of the reduced registration fee – and be sure to select ‘Team EPIC‘ when you register! “In Their Shoes” 5k Run/Walk Saturday, May 5, 2018 7 to 11 AM – Rain or Shine US Patent and Trademark Office 600 Dulany Street   Old Town Alexandria, VA Events are free, $35 to race (before April 1): Sign Up Here The Iraqi Children

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Is Iraq Open for Business?

Iraq is seeking to fund post-ISIS reconstruction through private-sector growth and foreign direct investment, but structural challenges and regional geopolitical competition could derail this effort…

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