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December 22, 2009

FW: Documentation Budget


Dear Human Rights Defender,

I'm quickly forwarding you this email from Ensaaf's Board Chair, Alison Hillman. She's also a program officer at the Open Society Institute. I was inspired to write because she's right—we accomplish a phenomenal amount with our small team. Together, we operate four programs that form a comprehensive approach to ending impunity and achieving justice in Punjab for mass state crimes.

Community Organizing & Education—We educate the general public and organize survivors to advocate for their rights to truth, justice, and reparations.

Documentation—We document abuses to counter official denials and build evidence for accountability, conducting innovative projects and producing groundbreaking reports.

Legal Advocacy—We engage in strategic litigation to hold perpetrators accountable and set national precedents on human rights norms.

United Nations Advocacy—We alert the UN to critical human rights issues about the situation of impunity in Punjab, as well as specific cases.

Can you make an end-of-year donation to help us sustain our work? Please read about some of our successes.

We have an expert-advised strategy ready to unleash.

We have ambitious plans for 2010, including the next phase of our Punjab Documentation Program. We have an expert-advised strategy ready to unleash. We have Ensaaf-trained fieldworkers lined up. But most importantly, we still have survivors waiting to give testimony of unlawful killings, disappearances, and torture.

I hope you'll take this opportunity to make the difference.

With high hopes,

Jaskaran Kaur


From: Alison A. Hillman
Sent: Monday, December 7, 2009 6:17 PM
To: Jaskaran Kaur
Cc: Sukhman Dhami
Subject: Documentation budget

Hi Jaskaran,

Thanks for re-sending the different budgets for the Punjab Documentation Project. They all look extremely well thought-out and realistic. Reviewing them, I'm once again amazed by how much your team accomplishes with so little. Hopefully, Ensaaf will be able to proceed with scenario 1 after end-of-year fundraising. I'm crossing my fingers! It's obvious that all other systems are “go”…

Talk soon,

P.S. I'm looking forward to February's Board meeting!

Alison A. Hillman de Velásquez
Program Officer, Disability Rights Initiative
Open Society Institute