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Matt Howard, (415) 819-6430,
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Iraq Civil Society Leaders and U.S. Veterans Hold Hearing on Lasting Impacts of Iraq War

WASHINGTON - Washington, DC – On Wednesday, March 26, U.S. veterans, Iraqi human rights organizations and their allies will hold a people’s hearing to present their testimony on the ongoing health crisis caused by toxic munitions and burn pits used by the U.S. military during the occupation of Iraq; sexual violence in the U.S. military and the destructive effects of multiple deployments on veterans; and the U.S. government’s role in sectarian violence in Iraq. The hearing is part of the Right to Heal campaign, a joint effort by U.S. veterans and Iraqi civilians to hold U.S. government officials accountable for the human cost of the war and demand reparations for affected communities.

WHAT: People's Hearing on the Lasting Impact of the Iraq War. Moderated by Phil Donahue.


  • Yanar Mohammed is president and co-founder of the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq (OWFI).
  • Falah Alwan is President of the Federation of Workers Councils and Unions in Iraq (FWCUI)
  • U.S. Veterans will speak about their experiences with Military Sexual Trauma, deployment with trauma, and exposure to environmental toxins.
  • Mozhgan Savabieasfahani is an environmental toxicologist with a focus on health impacts of war
  • John Tirman is Executive Director and Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Center for International Studies
  • Pamela Spees is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights.
  • Phil Donahue, creator and host of The Phil Donahue Show and Co-Director and Co-Producer of the film Body of War.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 26, Doors open 6:00PM EST; Panel and Livestream begin at 6:30PM EST



WHERE: Friends Meeting of Washington, Meeting Room, 2111 Florida Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20008


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Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) advocacy group of veterans and active-duty U.S. military personnel who have served since September 11, 2001. IVAW’s Right to Heal Initiative is focused on holding the U.S. government accountable for human right violations of the health of Iraqis, Afghans and U.S. veterans. IVAW currently has over 2,500 members in fifty states, as well as in Canada, Europe, and Afghanistan.

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