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The genocide perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia was a trauma that caused massive cultural, social, and psychological distress and dislocation in that country. Some of the most vulnerable members of society have been women and children, who are frequently the victims of poverty, violence, and trafficking for labor or sex among other human rights abuses.
In this audio lecture, Janet Tafel talks about the work Hagar USA is doing to help such individuals develop productive and meaningful lives. She outlines how the organization tends to physical and psychological needs first, and then provides job training and opportunities for social entrepreneurship. Invited by the Center for Social Innovation, Tafel speaks with a group of students about to leave for a service learning trip to Thailand and Cambodia. Part of the Center's Public Management Program, this trip explores models that work to improve both human rights and economic development in South East Asia.
Janet Tafel is the executive director of Hagar USA, which supports the work of Hagar International in Cambodia, Afghanistan, and Vietnam. The mission of Hagar USA is to raise awareness about Hagar's model of social rehabilitation and economic empowerment and about egregious human rights abuses suffered by Hagar's beneficiaries, as well as to raise and provide support for operations overseas.