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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 darkness—bringing 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.

Review:

"Bolkovac, a former Nebraska police officer with a specialty in forensic science, was hoping to affect change in war-devastated Bosnia when she signed on as an international police monitor at the peak of the Balkan conflict. While in Sarajevo, the divorced mother of three collected evidence, victim statements concerning the horrific situations, brutal rapes, and murders of innocent women and children she encountered. But as an employee for DynCorp, a leading military contractor in world security, she seldom saw justice done. After being promoted by the U.N. to oversee cases of domestic abuses, sexual assault, and human trafficking, Bolkovac uncovers a vast network of women and underage girls sold to brothels near military bases, with a client list of soldiers, police, and officials. When she implicates the U.N. in Bosnia for covering up for its officials selling women in prostitution, she is fired--allegedly for falsifying a time sheet, but the damage is done and her evidence is presented at a tribunal. Overall, Bolkovac's story, with the help of journalist Lynn, bristles with disturbing details and heartfelt compassion. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

Assigned as a human rights investigator by DynCorp International to support the UN peacekeeping mission in Bosnia, Bolkovac uncovered the ugly truth about officers involved in human trafficking and forced prostitution. This is her story and the story of the women for whom she helped achieve justice.

About the Author

Kathryn Bolkovac is a former police investigator from Nebraska who served as an International Police Task Force human rights investigator in Bosnia. She cooperated with Human Rights Watch to expose the misconduct and human rights abuses committed against young girls, forced into prostitution and used as sex slaves by U.S. military contractors such as DynCorp and other UN-related police and international organizations. She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
 
Cari Lynn is the author of three books of narrative nonfiction, including Leg the Spread: A Womans Adventures Inside the Trillion-Dollar Boys Club of Commodities Trading. Lynn has written for numerous magazines and newspapers including O, Health, Good Housekeeping, and the Chicago Tribune. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Table of Contents

Prologue

Running from Something

Stop the Threat

Guns for Hire

Sarajevo

'Accidents Happen'

Zenica

At the Florida

The Gender Desk

No Incidents or Witness

Education of a Lifetime

Ladies of the Evening

Thinking with Our Hearts

Backlash

Mission Makeover

Distaste

Time Sheets

'I Worry for Your Safety'

The Khaki Duffel Bag

Tribunal

Verdict

Zero Tolerance

Product Details

ISBN:
9780230108028
Author:
Bolkovac, Kathryn
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan Trade
Author:
Lynn, Cari
Subject:
Whistle blowing -- United States.
Subject:
Whistle blowing - Bosnia and Hercegovina
Subject:
General
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Human Rights
Subject:
Political
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Europe - Baltic States
Subject:
Social activists
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes one 8-page black-and-white illu
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Bolkovac, a former Nebraska police officer with a specialty in forensic science, was hoping to affect change in war-devastated Bosnia when she signed on as an international police monitor at the peak of the Balkan conflict. While in Sarajevo, the divorced mother of three collected evidence, victim statements concerning the horrific situations, brutal rapes, and murders of innocent women and children she encountered. But as an employee for DynCorp, a leading military contractor in world security, she seldom saw justice done. After being promoted by the U.N. to oversee cases of domestic abuses, sexual assault, and human trafficking, Bolkovac uncovers a vast network of women and underage girls sold to brothels near military bases, with a client list of soldiers, police, and officials. When she implicates the U.N. in Bosnia for covering up for its officials selling women in prostitution, she is fired--allegedly for falsifying a time sheet, but the damage is done and her evidence is presented at a tribunal. Overall, Bolkovac's story, with the help of journalist Lynn, bristles with disturbing details and heartfelt compassion. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , Assigned as a human rights investigator by DynCorp International to support the UN peacekeeping mission in Bosnia, Bolkovac uncovered the ugly truth about officers involved in human trafficking and forced prostitution. This is her story and the story of the women for whom she helped achieve justice.
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