Gretchen Murphy

Gretchen Murphy (Survivor Corps in Vietnam): Gretchen has considerable experience of volunteering with human rights prior to her fellowship. Her jobs included working with Amnesty International’s International Justice and Accountability Program, and served at International Service for Peace (SIPAZ) in Chiapas, Mexico where she researched the impact of international organizations on indigenous nonviolence movements. Gretchen also interned at International Crisis Group in Washington DC. Where she focused on the role of new media in advocacy and the role of media in creating change. At the time of her fellowship, Gretchen was pursuing her Masters degree at American University’s School of International Service. After her fellowship, Gretchen wrote: “I witnessed some of the most genuine forgiveness I have ever seen. Although I did run across the occasional angry person (often rightfully so) ALL of the survivors I met were nothing but generous and welcoming to me. It was incredibly humbling.”



Survivor, Outreach Worker, Role Model

12 Aug

LSN-V’s Outreach Workers are the lifeblood of the organization.  Without them the unique model of social empowerment and peer support would not be possible.  I have been impressed by everyone I have worked with here, but I have been most inspired by the Outreach Workers’ commitment to survivorship.  Though they come by it naturally–they are all survivors themselves–their dedication and energy is invaluable to creating sustainable social change.  Deciding who to profile was tough, but I decided to interview Mr. Thuan.  I made this decision in part because I have spent most of my time in the field with him, but mostly because when he tells jokes he waits with eager anticipation while they are translated and then laughs again once I’ve heard the punch line in English.  It’s pretty great.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlNsV7F2-mA

Posted By Gretchen Murphy

Posted Aug 12th, 2009

45 Comments

  • Kim Hoa

    August 12, 2009

     

    A very good video interview to highlight the peer support model. We will use this for sure to introduce about our unique program. Thanks for your hard work! 🙂

  • Heather Dolstra (Zonta)

    August 13, 2009

     

    I am a bit at a loss for words. Your videos and method of presentation have been so accessible, so compelling…the story just tells itself. (and I absolutely loved your observation about how Mr Thuan waited for you to “get” his jokes).
    I am sure you must miss your home and creature comforts, but I want to hear and see more of these survivors.

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