Where the World Comes to Windham County

Friday, Nov. 22, 2019
“Movement of People – Trafficking and Migrating in Southeast Asia Today”
A Talk by Braema Mathi, Global Fellow, Keene State College’s Holocaust and Genocide Program and Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation
Centre Congregational Church Parlor
193 Main St., Brattleboro

Free and Open to the Public
7:00  Coffee, Tea ,& Conversation
7:30  The Talk Begins

Synopsis: Currently we are seeing many people in Southeast Asia moving from one country to another or within their own country to relocate, to work, to have a new beginning. Some of these moves are planned. Other moves are forced, and some who move are forced into work in deplorable situations. The presentation will be an overview of this phenomenon, a discussion of the factors and causes of these trends and an examination of measures that ought to be available so that people are protected.

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Ms. Braema Mathi

Ms. Mathi is the AIPR-KSC Global Fellow at Keene State this fall, studying the prevention of genocide and other atrocity crimes. She is also a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Penang Institute of Malaysia. Braema has been a Singapore-based human rights activist for more than 20 years. Over the last 12 years, she has worked on these issues in the Southeast Asia region more broadly, including through the regional human rights mechanisms of ASEAN (The Association of South East Asian Nations).

Braema is the founder of MARUAH (‘Dignity’), the Working Group for ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism, Singapore.  She has also led Singapore’s principal women’s rights group, the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE), and she founded and led a migrant workers’ advocacy group, as well as being involved in other organizations. Her work has involved submitting reports at the national, regional and international level as well as advocating on key issues. Braema also served as a Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore Parliament from 2001 to 2004, and has worked as a teacher, a journalist, a researcher, a senior management administrator, and a consultant.


 If you would like to learn more about the subject of our last lecture by Ambassador Peter W. Galbraith on “The Betrayal of the Kurds,” please use the link below to read Galbriath’s soon-to-be-published article in the New York Review of Books:

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