Free Yezidi Foundation USA, Inc., or FYF-USA, was registered in New York in December 2018. The organisation has been granted 501c3 status as a duly registered charitable organisation. All contributions within the United States to FYF-USA are therefore tax-deductible.
Ms. Ibrahim seeks an Iraqi society where Yezidis are considered equal and enjoy equal access to opportunity and rights. Similarly, she advocates for women’s empowerment and equal rights for women and girls in Iraq. Ms. Ibrahim is an advocate of heightened attention to and appreciation of gender issues in the Yezidi community, and seeks respect and acknowledgment of women’s rights in the broadest sense.
Ms. Ibrahim established FYF by herself in August 2014 in the Netherlands. The Foundation has implemented programs funded by the United Nations, the US Government, European governments, and various foundations and international organizations. On behalf of the Foundation, Ms. Ibrahim has spoken at the United Nations Security Council, British Parliament, US Holocaust Museum, BBC, Al-Jazeera, and at countless universities, media outlets, and think-tanks. She studied law at the University of Amsterdam, and speaks Kurmanji, Dutch, English, and German.
She has been involved in early warning, conflict analysis and response development, facilitation, capacity-building for mediation and dialogue, support to electoral violence prevention campaigns, and promoting conflict-sensitive policy and practice. Ms Rosenblum-Kumar has conducted educational and skills training workshops on conflict transformation for the UN at Headquarters, in field offices, for Pearson Peacekeeping Center in Canada and at a number of schools and universities. Since leaving the UN in July 2014, she is teaching courses on the UN and on peacebuilding at New York University, assisting the Nonviolent Peaceforce as a Senior Advisor for Advocacy and Outreach in NY, overseeing a research project on reconciliation in the Western Balkans, and working on an intergovernmental initiative to develop a knowledge network and resource centre on atrocity prevention and ‘dealing with the past’ after violence.
Two months after ISIS took over Shingal in 2014, David left the KRG and began working on the Yezidi cause as a board member of the Free Yezidi Foundation (pro bono).
David studied at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
Naomi joins the Free Yezidi Foundation board strictly in a personal capacity, advising FYF leadership on a number of objectives regarding the pursuit of justice, international and domestic legal options for survivors, and advocacy strategies.
Rebecca’s team visited the Free Yezidi Foundation in Kurdistan in 2018, training a brigade of women in counseling skills. She has a law degree from the London School of Economics.
In 2018, Lourie covered the fall of ISIS' so-called "caliphate" in Baghuz, Syria. During this trip, he was diagnosed in Kurdistan with stage-four cancer. After undergoing a successful treatment program in the US, Lourie returned to Syria in the fall of 2019. During this time, he covered the Trump administration's perceived abandonment of the United States' Kurdish allies and the resultant Turkish cross-border offensive.
Lourie’s latest projects have included covering the war in Donbass in Eastern Ukraine (2019); the violent demonstrations in Baghdad (2019); and the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on U.S. citizens in New York City and Washington, D.C. (2020). Alex studied at Emory University in the United States.