Sexual violence by Private Military Contractors remains a problem, according to David Isenberg

Includes response from DynCorp

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10 February 2012

The DynCorp "See No Evil" Monkey

Author: David Isenberg in Huffington Post

On January 30 I wrote a post regarding sexual violence by private contractors...Although I was not singling out any company in particular I did mention DynCorp because it served as the inspiration for the movie The Whistleblower...This relates to the infamous cases of sex trafficking and slavery in Bosnia back in the Balkan wars...[M]y past post evidently did not go down well at DynCorp HQ. I was emailed a response by one of their vice presidents taking me to task for my presumed sins. At the request of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre in London, which had listed my post in their weekly update, they emailed a similar response to them...As for "thoroughly investigated" and "neither DynCorp nor its employees were involved' in human trafficking,"...DOD IG was not investigating DynCorp for involvement in sex trafficking or slavery but for its "suitability and capability to perform and its procedures for selecting and screening personnel."...I believe DynCorp when it says has taken steps to improve the situation so what happened in Bosnia does not happen again. But to say that this old news and to dispute that "not nearly enough has changed," as a DynCorp official emailed me, is public relations puffery, not dealing with reality.

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Company response
31 January 2012

DynCorp response to article raising concerns about sexual violence in private military & security companies

Author: DynCorp

In response, DynCorp sent the following statement:...when the Company reached out to the representatives for the filmmakers to gain more information about the movie, we were informed that the film, in the distributor’s words, ‘is a fictionalized, dramatic presentation.’ The allegations raised by an employee of a predecessor company more than 10 years ago were thoroughly investigated, and were aggressively and responsibly addressed. At that time and in the years that followed, Army Criminal Investigative Command (CID) authorities, the Inspectors General of the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of State, and the Company all investigated allegations related to human trafficking. According to a statement made by a CID Special Agent, ‘neither DynCorp nor its employees were involved’ in human trafficking...As a result, a handful of individuals were terminated, the Company reviewed and strengthened its procedures and policies

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30 January 2012

PMC Sexual Violence: It's Still a Problem

Author: David Isenberg in Huffington Post [USA]

[T]he latest issue of..."Journal of International Peace Operations," published by ISOA, a PMSC trade group, is devoted to the topic of "Women & International Security."…[T]he...release of...The Whistleblower, a fictionalized version of the involvement of DynCorp contractors in sex trafficking and slavery in Bosnia back in the nineties, serves to remind us…As an article in the Jan. 29, Sunday Telegraph noted:..."I asked DynCorp if its guidelines had become more stringent since 2001 and was sent its code of ethics. It states that 'engaging in or supporting any trafficking in persons [...] is prohibited. Any person who violates this standard or fails to report violations of this standard shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.' So nothing has changed."...[Another] article...details and analyzes the possibility of responding to PMC sexual violence against civilians outside of war zones under U.S. military law, U.S. criminal law, criminal law where the crime occurs, International Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law, and the U.S. Alien Tort Statute

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