About Me: I recently worked as a visiting legal professional on war crimes appeals from Darfur, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Working on child soldier cases and learning more about crimes against humanity, including mass rapes and sexual enslavement of women and girls, led me to research local human rights abuses when I returned home last fall to Portland, Oregon. The trafficking problem, especially commercial sexual exploitation of underage girls, in my own city and state appalled me. Since then, I have been working on trying to change Oregon's laws on trafficking to bring them up to other states', federal, and international standards. Today, a bill (SB 839) seeking address confidentiality for trafficking victims passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now headed to the House Judiciary Committee and the full floor for a hearing and vote. Oregon's legislators need to know we care about protecting victims of organized crime, especially children who are sexually exploited for profit, and I hope you will join me in raising our voices to make our laws stronger for these and other victims of civil rights violations.

I grew up in Washington, DC, graduated from Stanford University, and have lived in Africa and India, working on women's and development issues. I also have worked for disarmament, peace, and environmental non-profits in Europe and in the US. I am an attorney (pursuing my advanced law degree in International Human Rights at Oxford University), a freelance writer, an activist on Global AIDS and health issues, and also work with non-profits creating learning gardens and combatting human trafficking.

My Passions: Justice, International Relations, Literature, French, Wilderness, Writing, Connecting

My Challenges: Balancing Community and Family Concerns

My Vision for the Future: creating a more equitable, just, and sustainable world for my children, the world's children, all of us, without borders, and with compassion.

My Areas of Expertise: Law, International Development, Cross-Cultural Communications

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Dear Kathleenn, World Pulse is honored to welcome you and hopes to hear more about your stories and experiences about human/women trafficking in the world. Such issues must be fought against, and I hope you will be able to connect with relevant people on our website. I saw that one of your passion is french, I am actually from the french-speaking part of Belgium and currently live in Portland, Oregon. Hope to hear from you soon, Brigitte

Thanks, Brigitte! How long have you been with World Pulse? I would love to hear more about you, your experiences and interests, and what brought you to Portland. A bientot! Kathleen

Kathleen, it is an honor to have you as a member of our online community. I was about to direct you to the Youth Sex Trafficking Conference when I realized that you are one of the presenters. I am so happy that you are bringing to light a problem here on our own shores that many people associate with third-world countries. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to assist you on PulseWire (just hit Reply at the bottom of this box) and if you are ever in the neighbourhood, we would love for you to stop by our offices to introduce us to your work.

Again welcome, and I hope that you will find this to be a positive experience. Janice PulseWire Community Director

Thank you for your warm welcome. I would love to meet you and come by the offices--sounds like you have a wonderful team assembled--perhaps sometime later this spring or summer. Thanks again, Kathleen

Hi Kathleen.

I'm so glad you decided to join and I look forward to you sharing what we have both been discovering about sex trafficking issues in Portland, (along with all your other insights and knowledge on law and Africa etc.). I think we will find the community of support we are looking for in this amazing venue of active, educated, and compassionate global women. I hope they come to admire, respect and celebrate you and your radiance as I have since I met you. I'm glad to be sharing this part of our journey together.

Much love.


Hi Kathleen,

Welcome to PulseWire! It's exciting to have you as a part of this community, especially with your expertise and passion for social justice. Also, we have many African women who are actively raising their voices, so hopefully this will give you an opportunity to stay connected on a personal level with women in Africa.

I will be attending the Sexually Exploited Youth Conference and I look forward to meeting you in person. I greatly admire your past work in women's issues, war crimes and disarmament. And I also admire your decision to return home and address the serious issue of human trafficking here in Oregon. I recently moved to Portland and was briefly involved with one of the anti-human trafficking organizations here, but have been a bit consumed with World Pulse at the moment. I was shocked to learn that Portland is a hub for sex trafficking and I'd like to continue involvement in both spreading awareness to the community and lobbying for change in our legal system to protect these young women (and men). I'm preparing to apply for law school and my interests lie in human rights law and immigration law, so I look forward to hearing about your experiences and insight.

There are several groups on PulseWire that you might be interested in joining. Some of these groups could use a jump start if you're interested in writing a journal to spark some dialogue. Also, a good way to be heard is to write in your personal journal. Your journal entries will appear in Voices Rising where others can read your words, hear your voice and contribute to the dialogue through comments.

Trade Justice to Help End Slavery http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/1127

Human Trafficking http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/589

African Female Lawyers http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/6332

Warm regards, Jade

I am so glad you can make it to the conference. Can't wait to hear more about your work and would be happy to talk to you about law school and the law anytime! Best wishes and thanks, Kathleen

Dearest Kathleen, Wow!! It's nice to hear from you. You have been to Nepal several times!!! I am from Morang districts and my village name is Mirgauliya-8. Nice to hear that your nepelese close friends are from Terai. Can you tell me their name and address so that I can know them. Next time, please let me know, when you are planning to go to Nepal. It will be my pleasure to meet but at present I am in Bangladesh. After July 8-August 22, I am planning to go to Nepal. Hope to hear from you. Thank you

With Love and RegardsSunita Basnet

My friend from Nepal is named Pramod Parajuli. I will ask him what the name of his village is to see if you know his area and relatives. I have been to Kathmandu, the Terai, Pokhara, all around Himalayan villages, the Annapurna loop. I love your country! Hope all is well with you. Keep in touch! Best, Kathleen

Dear Kathleen, Namaskar from Nepal It’s nice to hear from you. Sure, I would love to introduce with him. Actually, I home is 500km far from Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. I have never been to Pokhara and Annarpurna loop. I would love to visit those places as it our main tourism place. Hope one day I will be there. Once again thank you so much for your valuable time.

With Love and RegardsSunita Basnet

Dear Kathleen, Thank you so much for adding me. It's my pleasure to meet you here. I have a request for you from my teacher, Ms. Kate Meehan that is from the USA. I am a student of Access Academy of Asian University for women. Yesterday while I was browsing world pulse page, she was so excitited to see you in my friend request. She admired you and want to have a online connection with you to know about your work and learn from it. I request her to join world pulse but she said that she wants to talk with you personally. Would you mind sending email id to her. Thank you so much for your valuable time. With Love and Regards Sunita

With Love and RegardsSunita Basnet