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Lindsee joined JASS in September 2017, serving to support the Executive Director, Board, and JASS Leadership Team. She holds a Master's degree from Teachers College at Columbia University where she studied International Educational Development with an emphasis on humanitarian issues. Lindsee spent the past few years in New York, where she most recently worked as the office administrator at an international agricultural data company. She previously consulted for the Women’s Refugee Commission and the DREAM Project in the Dominican Republic.
Francesca Feruglio, Niken Listari, Emma Bell, and Karen Brock
Conducted by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and carried out by FAMM Indonesia, a women's organization co-created and accompanied by JASS, this research paper delves into the topic of young women's participation in politics and public spaces. Though intensely marginalized and subject to backlash, this study finds that young women may overcome the closing of space through creative community organizing that strengthens self-esteem, builds infromal relationships, and increases leadership capabilities.
Patricia Ardon and Daysi Flores
This academic article, published on Sur, contextualizes and analyzes women-led resistance to patriarchy, capitalism, and racism in Central America. In the shadow of Central America's historical violence, JASS authors Ardon and Flores look to feminists and indigenous women as the front line defenders of human rights for themselves, their communities, and the world. Read more to see how women have organized against backlash, repression, and systematic violence, creating an alternative model for survival in the face of an ever-changing landscape.
Written by Lina Han
Over 80 local, national, regional, and international organizations signed the following letter addressed to the Dutch Development Bank (FMO) and the Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation (FinnFund). expressing their concern with details shared during the July 6th announcement by the FMO and Finnfund regarding their withdrawal from the Agua Zarca hydroelectric project in Honduras. The letter was delivered to the Managing Director and CEO at the FinnFund and CEO at the FMO in early August 2017. 
 Mattison is a recent graduate from American University’s School of International Service, where she studied Middle East and North African regional issues, as well as Justice, Ethics, and Human Rights. Mattison was born and raised in Chicago, where she worked on small business development and grassroots organizing until relocating to Washington, where she has been employed at the Arab Center Washington DC and the Public Interest Research Group.
Throughout the world, many feminists and other women activists working for social justice or gender equality are reluctant to recognize themselves as human rights defenders either because they believe their work goes beyond the human rights framework; because they feel that by naming themselves as such, their political identity as feminists becomes blurred; because they think that the term is too focussed on the law or too dangerous in their particular contexts; because they fear retaliations by the State or other groups; or simply because the term does not appeal to them or sometimes  beca
Violence against women activists continues to rise. Unfortunately, despite considerable effort, responses to this violence are coming up short. Given the urgency of the situation, JASS and allies are questioning the underlying assumptions guiding activist safety, and bringing a feminist and movement building perspective to rethinking the approach.

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