9780230115224

The Whistleblower Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman's Fight for Justice

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  • ISBN13:

    9780230115224

  • ISBN10:

    0230115225

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 6/21/2011
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

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Summary

When Nebraska police officer and divorced mother of three Kathryn Bolkovac saw a recruiting announcement for private military contractor DynCorp International, she applied and was hired. Good money, world travel, and the chance to help rebuild a war-torn country sounded like the perfect job. Bolkovac was shipped out to Bosnia, where DynCorp had been contracted to support the UN peacekeeping mission. She was assigned as a human rights investigator, heading the gender affairs unit. The lack of proper training provided sounded the first alarm bell, but once she arrived in Sarajevo, she found out that things were a lot worse. At great risk to her personal safety, she began to unravel the ugly truth about officers involved in human trafficking and forced prostitution and their connections to private mercenary contractors, the UN, and the U.S. State Department. After bringing this evidence to light, Bolkovac was demoted, felt threatened with bodily harm, was fired, and ultimately forced to flee the country under cover of darknessbringing the incriminating documents with her. Thanks to the evidence she collected, she won a lawsuit against DynCorp, finally exposing them for what they had done. This is her story and the story of the women she helped achieve justice for.

Author Biography

Kathryn Bolkovac is a former police investigator who cooperated with Human Rights Watch to expose the misconduct and human rights abuses committed by U.S. military contractors such as DynCorp. She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Cari Lynn is the author of numerous books of narrative nonfiction, and has written for magazines and newspapers including O, The Oprah Magazine; Health; Good Housekeeping; and the Chicago Tribune. She lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Author's Note and Acknowledgmentsp. vi
Mapp. viii
Prologue (April 2001)p. 1
Running from Something (November 1998-June 1999)p. 11
Stop the Threat (The Early Years-June 1999)p. 17
Cops for Hire (April-June 1999)p. 25
Sarajevo (June 1999)p. 33
˘Accidents÷ Happen (June-September 1999)p. 43
Zenica (October-December 1999)p. 63
At the Florida (January-April 2000)p. 75
The Gender Desk (April-July 2000)p. 89
No Incidents (July-August 2000)p. 103
Education of a Lifetime (August-September 2000)p. 113
Ladies of the Evening (October 2000)p. 121
˘Thinking with Our Hearts÷ (October 2000)p. 129
Backlash (November 2000)p. 137
The Prijedor Raids (November-December 2000)p. 145
Distaste (December 2000-March 2001)p. 151
Time Sheets (April 2001)p. 159
Going to the Press (April 2001)p. 171
The Khaki Duffel Bag (April 2001-April 2002)p. 179
Tribunal (April 22-23, 2002)p. 197
Verdict (June 2002-May 2003)p. 207
Zero Tolerance (May 2003-2010)p. 219
Notesp. 231
Indexp. 235
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Excerpts

Excerpt fromThe Whistleblower:

I was a police investigator certified in forensic science and contracted to work on human rights abuses. But my superiors continuously tried to bury my cases.  When I was promoted to UN Headquarters to oversee all cases of domestic abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking throughout Bosnia, my case files started disappearing on a routine basis from the Internal Affairs office.  Files upon files of evidence we human rights officers, and even local Bosnian police, had collected never saw the light of day: victim statements, license plate numbers, identifying badges, names, tattoos, and even instant photographs.  All of it gone. Except, of course, for the copies I had in my Eddie Bauer duffle bag.                                                         —from the Prologue

 

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