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KBR employee Anna Mayo recalls attack in Iraq (Updated)

Posted November 9, 2010 By Ms Sparky

This is the full interview with Anna Mayo (approximately 20 minutes)

 

Christine Dobbyn – HOUSTON (KTRK) — A Houston woman is telling her story of survival for the first time on camera. She is a former KBR contractor who began working in Iraq in November of 2008.

Anna Mayo says what happened to her one morning in her sleeping quarters changed her life forever. While we don’t normally identify rape victims, the young woman says she wants her story heard.

In the fall of 2008, Anna Mayo left Austin to work as a KBR contractor in Iraq. Within a month, she was promoted to an operations specialist with project management.

“I loved it,” Mayo said. “I moved up really fast; I got a lot of responsibility.”

And then Mayo was moved to the night shift, so that meant sleeping during the day.

“I had a sign on my room that said daysleeper, please come back after 14:00,” she said.

On a November morning in 2009, there was a knock on her sleeping container door. She opened it to find a man she says was not an American.

“He told me that he needed to come in and check something in my bathroom,” Mayo said. Read the remainder of this entry »

Cenk Uygur on the Franken Amendment

Posted November 3, 2010 By Ms Sparky

MsSparky.com has been following the Franken Amendment since we first heard about it. It still amazes me we have to pass a law so women who have been raped while working for a Defense contractor in a war zone can seek restitution in civil court.

This is an awesome commentary from Cenk Uygur (pronounced jenk Ui-gur) host of  The Young Turks, on the Republican response to Senator Al Franken’s Amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill. It’s funny and insightful. Cenk Uygur nailed it.

Woman sues KBR, claiming it’s at fault for a sexual assault

A co-worker in Iraq convicted of the attack on her
JAMES PINKERTON – HOUSTON CHRONICLE – Oct. 5, 2010 – A Houston woman has filed suit against government contracting firm KBR, alleging it created a “sexually violent workplace” that allowed a co-worker to sexually assault her at an Iraqi airbase two years ago.

The woman, now 28, was attacked by co-worker David C. Breda Jr. of Pearland while he was helping her move into new quarters at Camp Al Asad on Oct. 8, 2008. Breda, 35, a former U.S. Army recruiter who had previously been sanctioned for molesting an 18-year-old female recruit, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison in January after he pleaded guilty to assaulting the woman in Iraq.

The lawsuit in a Harris County state district court is the latest in a number of claims brought against Houston-based KBR by employees who say they were attacked by co-workers or others at jobs in Iraq and Afghanistan. One of the first was brought by Jamie Leigh Jones, formerly of Conroe, who contends she was gang-raped at a KBR facility in Baghdad in July 2005.

“If you’re raising jackals and put a rabbit in the jackal cage, you can’t turn your back and say it’s the rabbit’s fault the jackals attacked,” said Todd Kelly, who represents the Houston woman, Jones and four others with claims against KBR. “That’s what they’re doing. They put young women right in front of these men who have gotten away with this for so long and they turn their back. They do nothing to protect these women.”

Heather Browne, a KBR spokeswoman, denied the assertions in the lawsuit and said KBR’s top priority is the safety and security of its employees. KBR maintains a strong and effective sexual harassment and assault prevention and reporting program, she said.

KBR denies allegations
“KBR adamantly denies the allegations in (the lawsuit) that sexual misconduct is encouraged, tolerated, or ignored,” Brown said in a statement released by the company. “KBR responded immediately to (the) report of inappropriate sexual contact and reported it to military authorities. KBR also fully cooperated with the criminal investigation … ”

Last year, an arbitrator in Houston awarded $2.93 million to Tracy Barker, the wife of an Army sergeant who said she was sexually assaulted at a KBR-operated camp in Iraq in 2005 by a U.S. State Department employee. Her attorney was critical when KBR, after fighting to keep their employee’s claims out of a courtroom, sought to reduce the arbitrator’s award.

Kelly is also representing former KBR employee Anna Mayo, 27, from the Austin area, who says she was beaten, choked unconscious and raped at KBR barracks at a U.S. base in Balad, Iraq, last November.   (Click HERE for original article)

Click HERE for petition.

How many does this make now? Too many? KBR hides, protects and even promotes these predators. I hope there are a whole lot of zeros attached to these sexual assault awards.

Ms Sparky

KBR sets themselves up for new Title VII lawusits! Woo Hoo!

Posted September 16, 2010 By Ms Sparky

The Women's Suffrage Movement was from 1848-1920 and 2010!

A couple days ago I blogged about a rumor that was buzzing that KBR had another sexual assault victim. I am still trying to verify that information. But….what I did start getting were numerous complaints from KBR female employees claiming they were not longer “permitted” to work night shift. The complaints came in from all over Iraq so this is evidently a new theater wide policy. I have no idea what spurred this new policy. Was there a another sexual assault on night shift? Was it a result of the  Anna Mayo rape? She worked night shift but was raped during the day. The other KBR rape victims were not raped while working at night. Whoever KBR has hired to come with these policies is clearly OVERPAID! They need to be supervising a sandbagging crew and nothing else.

Whatever ill-conceived misinformed notions KBR management has that keeping their female employees from working nights will protect them from being raped is ludicrous. Although I’m glad to see KBR “trying” to do something about this rape epidemic, this policy if true is ILLEGAL!! KBR is required by the FAR and DFARS to comply with ALL laws. This is a Title VII violation and under the new Franken Amendment, any violations  totally bypasses the secret behind closed doors binding arbitration that KBR loves to invoke! Get a lawyer ladies.

As per Wikipedia Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits by covered employers on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin (see 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2[22]). Title VII also prohibits against an individual because of his or her association with another individual of a particular race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. An employer cannot discriminate against a person because of his interracial association with another, such as by an interracial marriage.

It is ILLEGAL to make job assignments based on sex. I thought we were so far beyond this. What’s next sending all the women home and only hiring men? Fight this tooth and nail ladies. Don’t give in!!

If KBR wants to get a handle on this rape issue maybe they should get a handle on their rapists! KBR doesn’t deal with sexual harassment and every one knows they don’t punish rapists. It’s a free ticket home at the very least. More than likely it’s guaranteed employment so KBR can keep you under their control.

There are so many people out of work you would think KBR could find some qualified attorneys and managers! Evidently not! This has to be one of the stupidest things I have seen KBR do lately.

If you you are being discriminated against because you are a woman and need an attorney I recommend Todd Kelly Law Firm. They are handling a huge number of KBR rape, discrimination and harassment lawsuits. And it would appear they have been quite successful. I see class action written all over this one! I love it when KBR makes it easy for me.

Ms Sparky

After reading the Washington Post article below I felt compelled to design a new recruiting flier for my friends at the Defense Department (DoD), State Department (DoS) and Justice Department (DoJ), all FREE OF CHARGE of course! It is regarding their “look the other way” policy for sex trafficking among US Government contractors. I feel if they were more public about the fact they WILL NOT enforce the Federal Laws they would be able to attract even more qualified deviants to the Middle East and SE Asia. That would at the very least, get them out of the States!

  • Work from the comfort of your taxpayer funded living quarters.
  • Dream of being an entrepreneur?
  • Want to retire to the sunny beaches of SE Asia?
  • Tired of those American women treating you like the slug you are?
  • Bored with assaulting, harassing and raping your co-workers, even though we don’t care & we won’t prosecute?
  • Has owning a brothel always been a dream?
  • Concerned that current laws and regulations will put you behind bars?
  • Worry no more, when it comes to US contractor employees, we promise to look the other way.
  • Turn your dreams into reality, apply now and become a government contractor employee!
  • What are you waiting for, get your career on the path to success today!
  • A stable of underage women forced into slavery is waiting for a “Pimp Daddy” just like you!

- We don’t prosecute perps, we do business with them –
~Signed the DoD, DoS and DoJ

U.S. policy a paper tiger against sex trade in war zones

By Nick Schwellenbach and Carol Leonnig
Saturday, July 17, 2010

(WP) An eight-year-old policy forbidding government contractors and employees from engaging in sex trafficking in war zones has proven almost impossible to enforce, despite indications that such activities are occurring in Iraq and Afghanistan

The policy, instituted eight years ago by President George W. Bush and still in effect today, calls for prosecutions of government employees and contractors and suspensions or disqualifications of companies whose workers engage in trafficking. Bush’s get-tough language also threatened criminal prosecutions for solicitation of prostitutes because many of the women are forced into the work.

Agencies say the cases are difficult to pursue because of limited investigative resources and jurisdictional questions. But some experts and lawmakers believe that authorities are turning a blind eye to evidence of such crimes.

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