Yazda would like to extend its warm appreciation and thanks to Andrew Slater, who departed from the organization recently after serving as the head of the Documentation Team in Duhok for nearly a year. Andrew was instrumental in starting the Genocide Documentation project last year, and has worked tirelessly and on a purely volunteer basis since then to carefully document the details of the August 3, 2014 genocide of the Yazidis, and to cultivate a highly effective documentation team. Because of his efforts, this team will continue to produce invaluable work on behalf of the Yazidi community for years to come.
Andrew brought an unparalleled depth of experience and knowledge to Yazda, based on years of serving in the U.S. military in Iraq, and subsequently working in various parts of the country as a journalist, researcher, and professor before coming to take the lead on documentation. He will be missed at Yazda, but he leaves behind a strong legacy for the Documentation Team and the organization as a whole, one that is informed by his passion for Yazidis, their empowerment, and seeking justice on their behalf. Once again, we thank Andrew for his hard work and dedication to the Yazidi community and wish him all the best as he moves on to Washington, D.C. to continue his studies at Georgetown University.
Andrew will be succeeded by researchers from the U.S. and Europe, and we look forward to the important work they will produce in collaboration with the Yazidi leadership and staff on the Genocide Documentation team.