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This report was researched and written by Johanna Bjorken, a consultant for Human Rights Watch, with contributions from Clarisa Bencomo, Children’s Rights Division researcher, and Jonathan Horowitz, program coordinator. Additional research assistance and review was provided by Julie Hassman, an intern with the Women’s Rights Division; Joe Stork, the Washington director of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East and North Africa Division; and LaShawn R. Jefferson, director of the Women’s Rights Division. Joe Stork, LaShawn R. Jefferson, Iain Levine, program director, and Clarisa Bencomo edited the report. Human Rights Watch legal and policy director Wilder Tayler provided a legal review. Jonathan Horowitz; Leila Hull, associate with the Middle East and North Africa division; and Patrick Minges, publications director, prepared the report for publication.

Human Rights Watch would especially like to thank all the women who agreed to talk with Human Rights Watch but cannot be named. Special thanks to Khadil Ibrahim, Asil al Bayati, Reem Kubba, and Munther Abbas for their important contributions in assisting in facilitating the research. Human Rights Watch would also like to thank the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Stichting Vluchteling, ACT Netherlands, NOVIB, J.M. Kaplan Fund, Oak Foundation, the Ruth McLean Bowers Foundation, and the many individuals who contributed to Human Rights Watch’s Iraq emergency fund.

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July 2003