IFL youth team – is climbing to great strides, keeping quiet about it

(Note: In July 2019, the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region joined 43 other regions worldwide to launch the International Humanitarian Law Youth Action Campaign (IHLYAC).  This year, more regions will engage youth and young adults to conduct the Campaign with its theme: Education In War.” Here is the story of the Los Angeles Region’s first batch of IHLYAC Advocates.)  Usually, their day encompasses after-school activities, music...

Putting the ‘Human’ in International Humanitarian Law

By Lani Luong-Kha, IHL Youth Advocate Smoke billows while you watch, shock settling in, as soldiers fall around you. You wonder how this country will rebuild from these horrors. You wonder why this country has to be witness to these horrors at all. The year is 1859, and you are Henry Dunant in the midst of the Battle of Solferino. Moved by this battle, Dunant later laid the framework for the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Geneva...

Helping Resettled Families Rebuild Their Lives

Article and Photos by Carmela Burke There were enough pieces to fill 25 laundry baskets. Two partner agencies already notified American Red Cross Los Angeles Region International Services workers of their interest in receiving a few baskets for refugee families cleared for resettlement in the United States. Once a year, Red Cross Youth Service Clubs throughout Los Angeles County spearhead a Refugee Welcome Basket Drive to assist the Los Angeles...

Interns and International Humanitarian Law

By Communications and Marketing Intern, Alessandra Pacheco Imagine that war has broken out in your country. A draft has been put out and you’ve been selected. Now you have a duty to protect your country. You’re now a newly trained soldier in the middle of a war zone, surrounded by the enemy. Then you and your fellow soldiers are taken hostage. Now, you’re caught in the war chaos— a war prisoner. Do you have rights anymore?...

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