Seeding Justice in West Africa: A First Person Account

UNA-USA Nationwide Conference Call

April 25, 2012

Seeding Justice in West Africa: A First Person Account


Victoria K. Holt
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State

moderated by

Peter Yeo
Vice President of Public Policy, UN Foundation
Executive Director, Better World Campaign

Thursday, April 26, 6 p.m. ET

Number to Call: 888-505-4388
Passcode: 736055

Please RSVP via email to membership@unausa.org


Civil war in Liberia claimed the lives of almost 150,000, mostly civilians, between 1989 and 1997, and led to a complete breakdown of law and order. In Cote d'Ivoire, the country fell back into civil war after President Laurent Gbagbo refused to relinquish power after democratic elections in November 2010. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Victoria K. Holt recently visited the Peacekeeping forces in those countries. Join UNA-USA’s April Nationwide Conference Call, Seeding Justice in West Africa, to hear her personal story, and how a retired policeman from upstate New York and female peacekeepers are helping set up rule of law and a justice system from the bottom up.


About our speaker

Victoria K. Holt joined the Bureau of International Organization Affairs as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in August 2009. Holt is responsible for the international security portfolio, overseeing offices that address UN political affairs and the Security Council, peace operations, sanctions, and regional organizations.

Prior to assuming this position, she was a Senior Associate at the Henry L. Stimson Center, a Washington-based think tank where she co-directed the Future of Peace Operations program. During her tenure at Stimson, Holt wrote and spoke on peace and security issues, including the UN and regional peace operations, protection of civilians, targeted sanctions, rule of law and U.S. policy.

She previously served at the U.S. Department of State, where in 1999-2000 she was Senior Policy Advisor in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs. Prior to that experience, Holt directed programs at Washington-based policy institutes on international affairs, and served for seven years as a senior Congressional staffer. She is a graduate of the Naval War College and Wesleyan University.

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