Co-founder
Persons Against Non-State Torture

 

Areas of Expertise
Civil Society, Health, Human Trafficking, Organized Crime, Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, UN Human Rights System, United Nations Reform, Violence Against Children, Violence Against Women, Women’s Rights

Region of Focus
North America

Background
Grass roots activist and human rights defender working for the past 25 years with women who have endured non-State torture (NST). As an independent scholar speak internationally about research, lobbying and writings related to NST. Bring voices of survivors to my work in all activities. Co-manage this website with colleague Jeanne Sarson
www.nonstatetorture.org

Recent Publications
Sarson J (2018) Book Gender perspectives on torture: law and practice launched at the side event during the 62nd session of the United Nations commission on the status of women, March 20. Hosted by the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law’s Anti-Torture Initiative, the Permanent Missions of Denmark, Chile, and Norway to the United Nations, and the International Federation for Human Rights. 
Sarson J, MacDonald L (2009) Torturing by non-state actors invisibilized, a patriarchal divide and spillover violence from the military sphere into the domestic sphere. Peace Studies Journal 2(2):16-38
Sarson J, MacDonald L (2011) Sexualized torture in the domestic/private sphere and ‘body talk’: a human rights and relational feminist paradigm. Paper presented at sexual violence conference, Forensic Psychological Services, Middlesex University. London, 8 Sept 2011
Sarson J, MacDonald L (2012a) Torture victimization—child to adult: flashbacks and connection with first responders, part 1. Sexual Assault Report 15(5):65, 66, 68, 72-74
Sarson J, MacDonald L (2012b) Torture victimization—child to adult: flashbacks and connection with first responders, part II. Sexual Assault Report 15(6): 83-84, 86, 94
Sarson J, MacDonald L (2014) Torture victimization—child to adult: flashbacks and connection with first responders. Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly 6(3):47-56
Sarson J, MacDonald L (2016) Seeking equality—justice and women’s and girls’ human right not to be subjected to non-state torture. In: Scutt JA (ed) Women, law and culture conformity, contradiction and conflict. Palgrave MacMillan, Cham, p 263-281
Sarson J, MacDonald L (2018a) No longer invisible: families that torture, traffic, and exploit their girl child. Oñati Journal of Emergent Socio-legal Studies 8(1):85-105
Sarson J, MacDonald L (2018b) Suicidal-femicide conditioning: a tactic of family-based non-state torturers and traffickers of a daughter. Femicide Volume X:85-87

Recent ACUNS Activity
Participated in a panel, Contemporary Enslavement and Human Trafficking of Women at the 9th UN TOC.
Title of presentation – “Family-Based Non-State Torture, Human Trafficking, Captivity and Enslavement”