In August 2014, the Islamic State abducted thousands of Yazidi women and girls, who were subjected to rape, violence, forced conversions to Islam, and married to ISIS militants. These atrocious acts were part of an attempt of the Islamic State to eliminate Yazidi culture. Many women have now been released or escaped while others remain in the hands of ISIS/ISIL. These survivors of captivity and enslavement require a significant amount of psychological support and care. Since early 2015, Yazda has run a case management program to assist survivors. A Women’s Center has been established that runs weekly support groups, baking classes, handicraft classes, gives one-on-one psychological support, and provides material aid. A case manager is assigned to each woman, who tracks her progress and monitors needs. To date, Yazda has assisted over 1050 survivors of enslavement and captivity.Yazda also maintains one of the largest databases of women held by ISIS/ISIL. Through this database, women are tracked and provided services by both Yazda and government authorities.
This case management platform achieves five key objectives for Yazda:
- Provides urgent humanitarian aid to victims upon rescue, including but not limited to food, clothing, and medical needs
- Improves rescue services by compiling data on key locations, victim demographics, and networks of victim enslavement in Iraq in efforts to more effectively assist the Iraqi government
- Identifies areas for improvement regarding Yazda’s rehabilitative program that will lead to making data-driven decisions
- Builds capacity and infrastructure within the organization by streamlining the process to report required data/outcomes to third-party funders, and allows for data to be utilized in showing the efficacy of the programming to increase our funding sources
- a system that integrates all personal client Enhances coordinated care for victims post-rescue by creating a readily accessible database data, including intake information, case notes, location, legal documents, medical records, appointments, and incident reports.