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Ensaaf Dispatch

June 2009
Volume 6 Issue 2

Remembering Ram Narayan Kumar

We deeply mourn the passing of our friend and mentor, human rights activist and scholar Ram Narayan Kumar.... Continue »

Help Us Get to Know You, Take Our Survey, and Receive a Postcard!

Ensaaf believes in the importance of engaging with its supporters. Whether you are a major donor or a faithful reader of our newsletter, we would like to hear your thoughts and questions... Continue »

New Website, Same Good Work

As Ensaaf's scope and scale significantly expanded in the past five years, our website's functionality was splitting at the seams. Last month, we launched a brighter... Continue »

New Newsletter Feature—Frequently Asked Questions!

Ensaaf's issue areas are complex, to say the least. And because we know our supporters have very different levels of knowledge concerning human rights in India, we're adding a new feature ... Continue »

Thoughts From Ensaaf's New Program Assistant

June 10th marked the 3rd anniversary of my post-college life. I was never one of those antsy students itching to enter a world void of exams, research papers, and GPAs. As an English ... Continue »

Call for Volunteers

Ensaaf is seeking a few reliable volunteers to translate short newspaper articles from Punjabi to English. Volunteers need to have a functional level of reading comprehension ... Continue »

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Remembering Ram Narayan Kumar

Please read our statement and visit our page on Ram Narayan Kumar.

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Help Us Get to Know You, Take Our Survey, and Receive a Postcard!

Picture of First PostcardPlease take a few minutes to complete our short web questionnaire through our secure network.

Ensaaf believes in the importance of engaging with its supporters. Whether you are a major donor or faithfully read our newsletter, we are interested in hearing your thoughts and questions about our organization, our work, and human rights in India. Although we interact daily with core Ensaaf supporters, we know that we communicate with many of you primarily online—and you're an important part of our community. We'll send you one of our newly-designed postcards as a small thank you!

Ensaaf thanks Marin Morrison for designing the postcard.

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New Website, Same Good Work

As Ensaaf's scope and scale significantly expanded in the past five years, our website's functionality was splitting at the seams. This week, we launched a brighter, more user-focused design that will make it easier for you to learn about our work, successes, and the issues. Our new website also gives you more information about Ensaaf, including answers to frequently asked questions and information on our finances. Please stop by and drop us a line—we love to hear what our readers think!

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New Newsletter Feature—Ask Us Your Questions!

Ensaaf's issue areas are complex, to say the least. And because we know our supporters have very different levels of knowledge concerning human rights in India, we're adding a new feature to our newsletter. In each issue, we will respond to a question or comment from our readers. If you have a question or comment that you would like us to consider answering in our newsletter, please send it to info@ensaaf.org. This month, we're featuring a common question individuals ask, sometimes trying to diminish human rights work by silencing survivors and their advocates:

Shouldn't we forget about these abuses and move on? What purpose does this work serve?

Read the answer.

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Thoughts From Ensaaf's New Program Assistant

June 10th marked the 3rd anniversary of my post-college life. I was never one of those antsy students itching to enter a world void of exams, research papers, and GPAs. As an English major, I had made a lot of unique connections with my classmates and professors. Often, I'd run into my hippie technical writing professor at the local co-op, and we would end up having an impromptu discussion about Jung's theory of synchronicity while standing in front of the pears. Sometimes, while eating an orange on the curb at the farmers market, I'd want to yell: Stop! Nobody move. Let's just stay here together forever.

But as with many significant life transitions, I came out the other end of graduation living in a different city with a fresh agenda. And in three post-college years, I have dipped my toes in a few professional pools, including public relations and law.

Because always, somewhere between the hard data—between the mention of dates and places—there is a story....Someone was there one day, and gone the next.

I've been Ensaaf's Program Assistant for two months now. I have my hands in everything from revamping our donor database to web coding. I also spend half of my day working on our Punjab data analysis project. This entails reviewing more than 10 years of the Tribune, an English-language daily newspaper in Punjab, for instances of extrajudicial killings and disappearances. Though oftentimes the articles do not mention names, compiling a database of the time and place of violations will allow us to analyze the patterns of abuses. And although, for me, a large part of the process involves plugging pieces of data into a template over and over again, I feel privileged to be working on such meaningful data entry. Because always, somewhere between the hard data—between the mention of dates and places—there is a story. Someone lost a son. Someone's legs were stretched out at 180 degrees in the back of a Gurdaspur police post. Someone was there one day, and gone the next.

Sometimes, I still miss college and spending my days writing manifestos in coffee shops. But right now, I'm sitting in the café on the first floor of our office building, the sun is shining through the window, and I have no complaints.

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Call for Volunteers

Ensaaf is seeking a few reliable volunteers to translate short newspaper articles from Punjabi to English. Volunteers need to have a functional level of reading comprehension in Punjabi, as well as make a commitment of at least 10 hours a week for three months. Unless based in Seattle, volunteers will work remotely. Although non-students are welcome to inquire, this would be a wonderful opportunity for college students to enhance their resumes while putting their Punjabi skills towards a good cause.

Furthermore, we are looking for a one-time volunteer to make a small edit to our video of Jaswant Singh Khalra's last international speech. Please contact us if you have video-editing skills and are interested in helping.

All volunteer inquiries can be sent to info@ensaaf.org.

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