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From the Challenger Disaster to the Oxfam Scandal:  Creating an Organizational Culture that Protects Children from Abuse and Exploitation


Mr. Tom Rawlings
Counsel at Taylor English Duma LLP


Thursday, August 10, 2023
5:00-6:00 PM ET


The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036Commodore Barry Room – Marlatt MansionGetting to campus


About the Lecture

Following a rash of abuse scandals involving prominent international humanitarian aid and development organizations over the past few years, governments and donor groups have tightened their requirements for preventing, reporting, and responding to sexual abuse and exploitation of beneficiaries. Despite these well-intended measures, abuse and exploitation continues to be a significant problem in the humanitarian sector. This lecture will discuss the need to supplement policies with changes to organizational culture developed in the aerospace and medical sectors in the years following the Challenger shuttle disaster.

About the Speaker

Tom Rawlings is an attorney with over 20 years of experience developing and implementing child protection policies and programs in the US and abroad. His domestic career includes service as a juvenile court judge, as the child protection ombudsman for the state of Georgia, and as director of one of Georgia’s largest agencies, the Division of Family and Children Services. In Guatemala, Tom led a multi-disciplinary team of professionals who worked alongside government prosecutors to treat child sexual abuse victims and convict those guilty of abusing them. He now consults domestically and internationally on safeguarding policy and practice with NGOs providing aid and services to children, youth, and families.

A graduate of Duke University and the University of Georgia School of Law, Tom earned a master’s in international human rights law from Oxford University and served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Law at Alexandru I. Cuza University in Iasi, Romania. He is a board-certified child welfare law specialist.

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