Thursday, January 03, 2008

Jamie Leigh Jones

Jamie Leigh Jones was an employee of KBR, a then-subsidiary of Halliburton in Iraq in 2005. She tells the story of how she was gang-raped by her fellow employees, then sequestered in a shipping container, and told she would be fired if she pursued justice. The medical evidence taken by a military hospital was handed over to KBR and then disappeared.

No charges were brought in Iraq, because of some twisted exemptions for US contractors, and her employment contract requires that she go through binding arbitration instead of a lawsuit, which means the rapists may go free.

Jones’ congressman, Rep Ted Poe, has been fighting for her, and believes there may be other such incidents in KBR’s history. Other reports of rampant sexual harrassment at KBR are coming in.

Jones founded the Jamie Leigh Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to “helping United States citizens and legal residents who are victims of sexual harassment, rape and sexual abuse while working abroad for federal contractors, corporations, or government entities.”

There is a FaceBook group called Support Jamie Leigh Jones against KBR. Join up to stay informed of the progress in this case.

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