Please read my letter to the Pacific Alliance , Letter to Pacific Alliance – Call to Action in Name of Democracy and Peace.
Let’s see if these ‘leaders’ are willing to put their money where their mouths are, or is this just more ‘window-dressing’ for oppressive governments supporting and abetting the oppression and corruption in the USA, and particularly ‘The Swamp’.
Table of Contents of Blogs by Quenby Wilcox (2013-2016)
Linkedin Blogs, Quenby Wilcox (2015-16)
Expat Wives Clubs, Smoke-screens for Expansionism & Corporate Greed: Observations of a CSO Rep at the IMF/WB Spring Meetings – Part 20 (Ostrich/Toad Award for My-Linh Kunst & Monica Jubayll of FAWCO & Paula Lucas of AODVCC)
Open Letter to IMF Economist and Peers for Respectful Workplace (PRW), Wasima Rahman-Garrett and Yasmine Bal Gündüz – Part 1
Womenalia Blogs, Quenby Wilcox (2014-15)
HuffPost Blogs, Quenby Wilcox (2013-15)
Table of Contents of Activism website, www.warondomesticterrorism.com
Wilcox vs. Spain (UN-CEDAW)
CORRESPONDENCE TO US DEPT. OF STATE
& AMERICAN EMBASSY IN MADRID
CORRESPONDENCE TO US CONGRESS
CORRESPONDENCE TO WHITE HOUSE
SUBMISSION TO UN COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN
FAMILY COURTS IN CRISIS NEWSLETTER
(by Quenby Wilcox)
(by Quenby Wilcox)
CORRESPONDENCE TO WOMEN & HUMAN RIGHTS ORGS
Please find below letters sent to members of the Trump Administration in 2017, and the Obama Administration in the past 8 years; requesting that President Trump make good on his promise to “Drain the Swamp.” If everyone in “The Swamp” had been doing as I have instructed in the past decade, “The Swamp” would have been “Drained” long ago!! Please see below, a sampling of letters to public authorities in the past years detailing exactly what actions they needed to be taking in order to fulfill their legal obligation to protect and defend the rights of citizens, particularly the most vulnerable, women and children.
Linkedin Blogs, Quenby Wilcox (2015-16)
Expat Wives Clubs, Smoke-screens for Expansionism & Corporate Greed: Observations of a CSO Rep at the IMF/WB Spring Meetings – Part 20 (Ostrich/Toad Award for My-Linh Kunst & Monica Jubayll of FAWCO & Paula Lucas of AODVCC)
Womenalia Blogs, Quenby Wilcox (2014-15)
HuffPost Blogs, Quenby Wilcox (2013-15)
Carol Blumenthal, Blumentahl & Cordone, 7325 Georgia Ave. Washington, DC 20012
July 15, 2016
Dear Ms. Blumenthal,
This is in response to your correspondence dated July 7, 2016, and received on July 13, 2016. In your letter you reclaim for your client, Bathsheba Philpott, the amount of $997.50 for the month of July 2016 as well as an additional $950/month for the next 11 months (total of $10,450) for a room in a group-house of 3 persons (as indicated in paragraph 7 of the lease in question), who are being over-charged for said rooms at a rate of 20+% above market value. This is why Ms. Philpott is unable to rent the other rooming space at present (and why she is illegally reclaiming $11,447.5 from me), and in the process implicating herself in attempted extortion. (This is on top of the $2040 she over-charged me, from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 for said rental property.)
In your correspondence you contend that I am jointly and severally liable for the entire sum on the lease in paragraph 1, for a total of $1900 (not $1800). Your underlying assumption and premise, which contends that a conditions in a contract is enforceable even when,
- the fundamental conditions upon the original agreement were made, have substantially change
- the conditions of the contract are illegal, thereby uncontractable
ARE FALSE. This is true of contract law in every “democratic” (and I use that term very loosely) country of the world.
Therefore, your contention that a landlord, and/or lease, could legally and financially “bind” two separate individuals to the financial responsibilities of another is clearly designed to oppress, and therefore illegal and unenforceable under human rights standards. Landlords rent out group homes in DC in order to optimize their rental income, as they can rent rooms to individuals for more than they can rent single-family homes. Landlords are receiving a higher rate of return on group home than single-family homes, and therefore should assume the elevated risk—particularly when it is they who set the prices, (and particularly in cases where they so over over-price their rooms, that they cannot rent them out.) This has been the case with Ms. Philpott, who has wanted the income of a group home, with none of the responsibilities of running a group home. For example, one of the “essentials” in a group home is for the landlord to install a Wi-Fi system for tenants, just like electricity, water, and gas, due to the transitory nature of the individuals living in these homes. It is the tenants in Ms. Philpott property who must contract the Wi-Fi creating issues when the tenant with the contract leaves the house.
Any clause in a contract, or jurisprudence in the USA, which would allow a landlord to financially, or legally, bind one tenant to another is clearly abusive, violates human right standards (adding to a multitude of human rights violations I have been documenting for a decade.) The contention that a landlord could “marry” two individuals, in a country which is debating same sex-marriage is absolutely ludicrous. Landlords are accorded more “rights” over their tenants than their government? This transforms citizens into peones and slaves! Common sense revolts the idea, citing Causby vs. USA.
The ability of landlords to reclaim unpaid rent from other tenants in a group home is an extremely important issue in examining human rights standard in DC, a city where group-homes are common, and where bullying and violation of rights by landlords is also very common.
Additionally, your assumption that I would be jointly and severally liable for both living spaces upstairs (when I am only occupying one), is false because the fundamental conditions which created the contractual agreement in the first place have changed. When that lease was signed there were 3 tenants within the home, with the lease in question stipulated no more than 3 tenants naming myself, Chelsea Killam, and Leila Baldo. When the two women vacated the premises, the fundamentals of the contract changed, and Ms. Philpott entered into a new contract with me, in which I would rent the larger upstairs room, but it was her unique and total responsibility to find tenants for the two other spaces in the house, as she acknowledges in the emails below, establishing a 12-month rental period, July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017. That was, and is, my agreement with Ms. Philpott. An agreement that is legally binding, and cannot be unilaterally changed by Ms. Philpott whenever she pleases, and as she often tries to do.
Your threatening and extortionistic correspondence is the first indication from Ms. Philpott that I would be in anyway be responsible for the totality of the upstairs rooms, and is a reprisal for my altercation with Ms. Philpott on July 4th. This again invalidates your contention that I would owe Ms. Philpott more money than I am already over-paying her for my room. Ms. Philpott’s contention that I would be liable for $1900/month for a room in a group-house, where the market value of that room is $730/month is not only ludicrous, it is abusive and retaliatory, and violates paragraph 22 of the lease—as well as constituting extortion. Ms. Philpott is continually unilaterally altering her agreements and terms of the lease, and a menacing lawyer letter is just another example of her bad-faith, abusive nature, and attempts to intimidate me—unsuccessfully, I might add.
- Retaliatory Eviction
No retaliatory action will be taken by the Landlord/Agent for any complaints made by the Tenant to any public agency, or for any lawsuit filed by the tenant against the landlord/agent or any other attempts by Tenant to enforce the terms of this Lease, or applicable laws, including membership in a tenant’s association.
The property in question is a group-home in the Fort Totten area of Washington, DC (4611 N. Capitol Street, NE), which consists of a basement apartment with a separate bathroom, kitchen, and entrance (with communal laundry area), as well as a communal upstairs living area on the ground floor, 3 rooms (2 small rooms rented as one space, and a larger room rented as other space), with a communal full bathroom for the upstairs tenants. As you can constant on paragraph 7 of the lease in question (signed in July 2015) there are two persons on said lease, myself and Chelsea Killam, with Leila Baldo the basement tenant with access to all communal living areas—with said lease stipulating 3 occupants, with only 1 occupant per “living space.”
When I began renting the “smaller” bedroom with storage room in June 2015, it was for the sum of $730/month; a fair market price for the living space in question, in the Fort Totten area. However, starting in July 2015 Ms. Philpott raised the price to $900/month for each upstairs living spaces; for a total of $1800 as indicated on the lease. (It is my understanding the basement was rented to Leila Baldo for $1200/month, until the end of June 2016, with said rent increased to $1500/month as of July 2016.)
I was aware of the exorbitant increase in Ms. Philpott’s asking price in the summer of 2015, when I began renting the room in question. However, due to rampant age discrimination in the group-housing market in the DC area, no one wants to rent to an “old lady,” even though I am more physically, and more psychologically, “fit” than anyone in “This Town.” So I am constantly obligated to pay over market prices. The amount of overt discrimination in the DC housing market, with money grubbing lawyers turning a blind-eye to it all, is incredible, and just another example of to what extent the demise of democracy in the USA is complete and total.
In April 2016 Ms. Philpott communicated to the 3 current tenants of the group-house that she would be renting out the 3-rooming spaces in the group home for $950/month per living space. See emails below. However, please note that while the upstairs rooming spaces are currently priced at $950/month, the basement apartment which has a separate entrance, private bath and kitchen is priced at $1500/month, and not at $950/month as Ms. Philpott indicates in her email. (Why Ms. Philpott lied in her emails is only a question she can answer.) This brings the total potential rental-income on the property in question to $3,400, and not $2,850 as claimed by Ms. Philpott in her April 3, 2016 email.
Please note that Willow.com rent estimate for said property is $2200/month, which if divide into 3 rental spaces comes to $733/person/month—noting that Willow.com’s estimate does not include a basement apartment with separate kitchen, and bath; elevating Ms. Philpott’s basement apartment to a rental market value of $1200. These are the prices Ms. Philpott was originally charging when she began renting the property to the first group of tenants, at market value, and why she was able to successfully rent the rooms in question.
From: Bathsheba Philpott <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, Apr 3, 2016 at 4:59 PM
Subject: Lease and rental agreement
To: Leila Baldo <email@example.com>, Quenby Wilcox <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: Chelsea Killam <email@example.com>
Leila and Quenby,
I’m writing to let you know that I will continue to lease the property at 4611 North Capitol Street NE beyond your current lease period which ends on June 30th. The rent will increase slightly beginning on July 1 to $1,900 for the upstairs ($950 per room for the two large rooms) and $950 for the basement. The price to rent the entire house, assuming you’re interested will be $2,850.
Let me know, at least 90 days prior, if you have plans to move out at the end of the current lease period or if you’re planning to stay to rent either a bedroom or the entire house. Tenancy beyond the current lease period would be for 12 months. Please note that the per bedroom price assumes 1 person in each room.
Chelsea, As I know you’re planning to move out by the end of the lease period, please let me know the date as soon as your plans are finalized. I will provide move-out instructions and your deposit will be returned within 45 days after your move date.
In April of 2016, I informed Ms. Philpott that I was interested in continuing to rent an upstairs room, but was interested in the larger bedroom, rather than the small bedroom, with storage area living space, that I had previously been occupying. Ms. Philpott agreed, and in May of 2016 she began advertising for tenants for the basement apartment, as well as the 2nd upstairs living space, as indicated in her email below—thereby assuming full and total responsibility of renting said space, as had been are original agreement, which still is enforce.
From: Bathsheba Philpott <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 3:55 PM
Subject: Property showings
To: Quenby Wilcox <email@example.com>, Quenby Wilcox <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Chelsea Killam <email@example.com>
Hi Quenby and Chelsea,
I will begin showing the property in May to prospective tenants due to move in on or after July 1st. I’m planning to do Saturday and/or Sunday showings to best accommodate scheduling.
Do you two have a preferred time on Saturday or Sunday? I’ll likely start showings around 10 until about 2 or 3, but may need some flexibility.
Since Ms. Philpott put the room on the market for rent, only 2 people have replied to the advertisement and visited the house. I took time out of my busy schedule to speak at length with prospective tenants, giving good “reviews” of the neighborhood, as is my honest opinion. Fort Totten is a working class neighborhood, not luxurious, but relatively safe, with friendly people—and where I see the proof every day that the minimum wage in this country needs to be raised.
The crux of the matter with Ms. Philpott, is that due to greed, she has out-priced herself (or rather her “product”) out of the market. Ms. Philpott’s greed and illogical investing is a perfect case-study for economists, financiers and investors on how people’s greed and stupidity lead them to high-risk, high-yield “investments,” which turn into “crash-n-burn” fiascos time and time again.
If we examine the 2 options Ms. Philpott had in renting out her home to a group of 3 people, as indicated in paragraph 7 of the lease in question, it is clear that while maximizing profits at all costs with no regards for ethics, morality, or legality is very risky investing, and a poor allocation of resources for the “community” involved. In the situation Ms. Philpott has created, one living space is not being utilized—in a town with rampant homelessness, I might add.
If Ms. Philpott had rented her property at fair market value ($730/month for upstairs living spaces, and $1200/month for the basement, then her gross rental income for the 2 years would have been $63,840. However, under the present situation, where Ms. Philpott has 2 tenants at $950 and $1500, the total rental income for the year comes to $65,400—unless Ms. Philpott can find a 3rd person, who is obligated to pay the exorbitant price Ms. Philpott is asking. In the present case scenario, Ms. Philpott has assured a $1560 “additional” profit in exploiting her tenants. However, Ms. Philpott was lucky to have found a tenant for the basement apartment at the over-priced rate. If she had not found a tenant for the basement (and maintained her asking price during the entire year), rental income for the 2 years would be $47,400, and Ms. Philpott “loss” would be $16,440, with a poor allocation of resources of 2 living spaces (as opposed to the 1 at present,) as well as time and energy of Ms. Philpott in desperately trying to find tenants willing to pay above market prices.
By over-pricing her rental property, Ms. Philpott has maximized her “potential” profit, noting Ms. Philpott could increase her asking price, as much as she wants (to $1,000,000/month if the fancy took her). However, with each increase in price, she reduces the likelihood of renting her property—which in economics is called the law of supply and demand, and a concept Ms. Philpott should study.
As seen in the above scenario, high-yield is always associated with high-risk. But, as seen time and time again in history, in the long-run, high-risk investing strategies create unstable, and crash-n-burn economies and societies—with narcissistic, greed driven investors, risking not only stable growth and future profits, but their capital as well; as is the case at present. If Ms. Philpott had rented her rooms at market price, she would not have so many tenants coming and going, nor would she have such difficulties finding tenants.
For a thorough examination of all of the socio-political as well as economic issues created by rampant irresponsible investing at the micro and macro level, see my 52-part blog series Observation of a CSO Rep at the IMF/WB Spring Meetings 2016 for as well as my series of blogs for Erin Eddy regarding corruption in Arlington, VA courts, The Right to Truth the Obligation to Protect, and Universal Jurisdiction, and series for Sean Penn, in the 22-part series beginning with El Chapo, Sean Penn, and the Failed War on Drugs.)
I am very, very familiar with the erratic behavior of irresponsible investing, and the penny-wise, pound foolish greed which accompanies it—and the fiascos it creates. My ex-husband was the Director of the Treasury Department of one of the largest banks in Colombia; Banco Ganadero, subsidiary to the Spanish bank, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA)—until he crashed-n-burned his career (and life) in the early 2000’s. His self-destruction since then, has culminated in my fleeing Spain, and returning to the USA after 20 years abroad; with he and his family at liberty to carry on their human trafficking and money-laundering “in peace,” and my two sons, stranded in our home in Madrid. The most disgusting is the response of our Consulates and Ambassadors playing ostrich to all of the human rights violations going on under their nose. See the table below of all of the criminal activity by lawyers in family courts in Spain, which Spanish lawyers and government are claiming occurs at a rate of 100%.
The ostrich-playing of governments to the rampant corruption in their courts MUST CEASE AND DESIST IMMEDIATELY. See my CEDAW case against Spain, Wilcox vs. Spain, with a synopsis of my case against the American government for their inaction in my letter to the Americans Abroad Caucus as well as my deluge of correspondence to the State Department, Congress, and White House in the past 9 years posted on www.warondomesticterrorism.com.
Wilcox vs. Spain, builds on the 2nd jurisprudence of violence against women as a human rights violation, Gonzalez Carreño vs. Spain, 2014, with the 1st VAW jurisprudence being Gonzales Lenahan vs. USA, 2011, with my background report Financing for Development (FfD): A Midsummer Night’s Dream, explaining all of the various social, political, economic issues from micro as well as a macro perspective. In the report, I also debunk and challenge much of the faulty feminist rhetoric of the past 5 decades, much of which has created the mess in family courts in the USA (as well as globally, as that rhetoric has been “exported” to other countries around the world.)
As previously stated, Ms. Philpott’s reclamation of $1900/month for a room in a group home with market value of $730/month with threats of eviction, is not only ludicrous, it is abusive, retaliatory, and in violation of US and international law (as well as the lease.) As I explained to Ms. Philpott in her many harassing calls and emails during the past year; she had a responsibility to tell Chelsea Killam, (the second upstairs tenant) who was constantly harassing me, to leave me alone, or vacate the premises. However, during the entire year, Ms. Philpott was constantly harassing me about the harassing calls and emails she was receiving from Chelsea Killam. Ms. Philpott should have told Ms. Killam to leave her, and ME ALONE. And, if she could not control her anger over me using too much toilet paper, or an incenses she did not like, or whatever the “offensive” incident was. I was in boarding school for 5 years, had room-mates all through college, and have three siblings. Never have I seen a more neurotic, self-serving bully as Ms. Killam. Unfortunately, Ms. Philpott’s reaction is typical of people everywhere; they empower the bullies, see my report Workplace Bullying at the IMF.
During the entire past year, Ms. Philpott was continually negligent in her duties as a landlord, in not only telling Ms. Killam to cease and desist in her bullying and harassment—under the threat of eviction—but she became complicit to the bullying of Ms. Killam with her own harassing phone calls and emails to me, with asinine “recommendations” that “Chelsea and I needed to “get along” as if we were some children she was reprimanding. Ms. Philpott’s attitude towards her tenants and property is what one would find in a boarding-house in the 1930’s, and some holy-than-thou bullying matron running the place. After the altercation on July 4th with Ms. Philpott, I told my mother “this is worse than any of the matrons at either of my boarding schools.”
The bullying of Ms. Killam during the year was so bad that I was basically a prisoner in my room. If at all possible I would avoid even using the bathroom or kitchen while Ms. Killam was in the home—never utilizing the living or dining space, always eating in my room. Ms. Philpott was aware of the situation, as well as the fact that I was preparing a case for the international courts and would be suing Ms. Killam, along with all the other bullies and other criminals which permeate family courts once the case was over.
When Ms. Killam finally vacated the property on June 30, 2016, it was like “a breath of fresh air” until Ms. Philpott and her partner started showing up at the house unannounced; entering and exiting the property at their leisure without even knocking. Then, Ms. Philpott informed me that she had contracted someone to thoroughly clean the house (on July 4th) due to the fact that the house had not been thoroughly cleaned at the commencement of the previous year’s lease. Please see the email below, noting Ms. Philpott’s abusive nature in believing she can unilaterally alter the terms of the lease agreement, from 12-months to month-to-month, at a whim. And, then transforming it back to 12-months, when she reclaims $1900/month for me, with a extortionistic letter from a lawyer. The terms of the agreement Ms. Philpott offered in her email of April 3, 2016, were accepted by me, and are the terms enforce at present.
From: Bathsheba Philpott <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 1:15 PM
Subject: House Cleaning Service this Monday and Other Items
To: Quenby Wilcox <email@example.com>, Quenby Wilcox <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Matt Broaddus <email@example.com>
Hi Quenby and Matt,
I have a cleaning company scheduled to come out this coming Monday, July 4th at 9 am to clean the main and 2nd level of the house. I’m happy to be there to let the company into the house. Let me know ASAP if Monday doesn’t work for you two and I can reschedule for another day next week.
I am working on scheduling a company to clean the ducts and vents; the service will likely take place next week as well. I’ll let you both know once it’s confirmed and will plan to be there for the service. I am also having a new address sign and light fixture installed on the front of the house in the coming weeks, but should not need access to the main part of the house.
Additionally, I will be there to do a walkthrough this evening, as I understand Chelsea has removed all of her items. She has scheduled a bulk trash pick up for July 8th to remove her mattress and the other items from the back of the house. Did she provide payment for the June utilities or will you contact her once the bills come in to provide payment? By law, I can’t release her security deposit until her portion of the utility bills are paid, so please let me know once they are received. I assume the bills will arrive in the coming weeks.
Lastly, I’m still working on filling the upstairs 2nd bedroom space. I’m planning to continue showing the space, primarily on weekends, and will try to provide as much advance notice as possible. Matt, I doubt I’ll need to bring them through the basement, but will let them know about the shared laundry, as they’re viewing the house.
Quenby, I’ll draw up a new lease agreement once the new person is secured. You’ll go month-to-month in the interim.
In terms of housekeeping items, Matt (202-910-1521), a nearby neighbor, is available for grasscutting, as needed. The grass should be cut about bi-weekly, as the District assesses fines to homeowners if the grass gets above a certain height. Matt’s rates are very reasonable, although you’re certainly welcome to cut it on your own.
As a reminder, please be sure to keep the basement drain, patio and outside steps free of debris so that the drains won’t clog. As well, be sure also not to put food in the kitchen drains, as the garbage disposal should only be used for very small tiny scrappings, rather than vegetable peelings, etc. which should go in the trash. Be mindful also of not allowing hair to go down the sink and toilet drains. I know this can’t be avoided completely, but please do your best.
I’ll keep you both posted on renting the remaining upstairs space, particularly once I find a suitable candidate.
I hope you two enjoy the house and rooming together in the coming year! Feel free to contact me via phone (202-236-8366) or e-mail should you have any questions.
Upon her arrival at the property on July 4th, Ms. Philpott told me I needed to remove all of my belongings from the living room and dining area, so that the cleaners could clean the floor underneath. I told her that my furniture and boxes on the ground floor (common living area), in no way prevented the cleaners from cleaning the house. I additionally, informed Ms. Philpott that the boxes in the dining area were there, because she had not wanted my sister, brother, and his girl-friend to utilize the basement (with two “camping mattresses” to sleep on for 4-nights) the week before, even though the incoming tenant had not yet moved in, and was to move in after my family left.
Ms. Philpott continued to insist that I must move my possessions out from the ground floor, even though my possessions in no way impeded cleaners to access the windows, blinds, molding, closets, doors, kitchen cabinets, bathrooms, lighting fixtures, etc. that needed to be cleaned. A few square feet of boxes and furniture on the floor is easily and quickly cleaned (and cleaned around.) Ms. Philpott even contended that she had to cancel cleaning, because they could not clean under the “present conditions.” Then, Ms. Philpott went so far as to ORDER ME, to throw out the mattress and box spring, telling me I was not “allowed” to have it in the house. I told her in no way, shape or form, did she have the right to tell me what furniture I could and could not have in MY HOME. I literally could not believe my ears, when Ms. Philpott ORDERED ME to remove MY PROPERTY from MY HOME. The audacity still makes my blood-boil!
BULLYING IS RAMPANT AND OUT OF CONTROL IN WASHINGTON, AND MUST AND WILL, BE CHALLENGED.
The mattress in question was one that had been abandoned by Ms. Killam in the back of the house for bulk pick-up with a note saying “free.” Since the house is unfurnished, and I do not own any furniture in the USA, nor wish to buy any as my 5000 sq. ft. home in Spain is filled with more furniture than I need. And, since Ms. Philpott has very little likelihood to rent the second upstairs room at the asking price of $950/month, leaving the ground floor with NO furniture what-so-ever; I decided to take the boxes and mattress and make a couch, shelves, a table, lamp, etc. with the items—particularly since I have about 6 boxes filled with papers that needed throwing out, and I believe in recycling.
For over 30 years I have been designing and making jewelry, clothes, furniture, curtains, manual arts with children (see my profile on Linkedin), and certainly have the capabilities, as well as the RIGHT to make paper-mache lamps and tables in my own home if I so desire. For the past 12 months (actually 15 years) I have been working 18-hour-days, 7-days-a-week on my activism work, with no vacations or holidays; fighting for not only my and my children’s rights, but the rights of hundreds of millions of women and children around the world. Taking some time off to do some “manual arts” therapy is certainly within my rights. And, while Ms. Philpott may not agree with my “eco” conscious efforts, and my “art therapy” methods, it is none of her business, nor is it in her right to protest, and even less to initiate malicious eviction and extortionist efforts against me because she does not like me or my furniture—and is frustrated because she has manipulated herself into a situation where she cannot rent out the 2nd upstairs room.
On July 4th, Ms. Philpott so strenuously insisted that I remove the mattress, and throw it away, even telling me I could not keep it because the bulk trash had already been ordered. When I debunked her on that rationalization, telling her “orders can be cancelled,” she claimed the mattress was full of fleas. This is ridiculous. While Ms. Killam’s room did have a stale odor always emanating from it, due to her chemical diet and addiction, I did share a bathroom with her, and she did not possess fleas or other such affliction. (Ms. Killam’s affliction are mainly mental, not physical.) The 2 days that the mattress in question remained upright, in the parking area, and on concrete, helped air out the mattress rather than expose it to any risk of “contamination.” The mattress is in pristine condition, and since I do not want to buy a couch, it will suffice until which time Ms. Philpott finds a new tenant for the upstairs room—who may or may not have furniture. I am in DC to work and lobby the American government, NGOs, and international orgs, and I do not need a furnished house—and I am under no obligation to furnish it according to Ms. Philpott’s instructions.
Ms. Philpott became so insistent and aggressive about me removing the mattress, I told her to please leave the premises. When she refused I told her I would need to call the police, at which point she said she would call the police, and made a call with her phone. I went upstairs for a moment to breath and calm down, and returned telling Ms. Philpott that while we waited for the police I would continue building my shelves, upon which time Ms. Philpott did leave. And, is when I assume she came up with the idea to maliciously attempt to transfer her loss from an unrented room, created by her greed and irresponsible investing, onto me. However, as I stated at the onset, Ms. Philpott has no basis upon which to reclaim additional monies from me, and in doing so she is entering into attempted extortion, with any further action by her, or her legal counsel, towards my eviction, or seizure of assets, escalating the situation to extortion—for which I will file a complaint with appropriate authorities, and seek full prosecution of all implicated parties.
As explained in the blogs for Erin Eddy, The Right to Truth, the Obligation to Protect, and Universal Jurisdiction, and the gross violation of rights in the Arlington courts. It is one thing for lawyers to represent clients, but it is another to aid and abet citizens commit crimes against other citizens.
Additionally, for Ms. Philpott’s to consider, is that her present actions are only strengthening my case against her employer George Washington University (GWU)—a pending law-suit of which she is well aware. As you may note in my blogs Ostriches May Hide Their Heads, But Toads Profit from It All!: Observations of a CSO Rep at the IMF/WB Spring Meetings – Part 15, Evil Step-Mothers in the IMF are Supporting the “Penn Ave Quadrant Mafia” (IMF/WB/IFC/GWU): Observations of a CSO Rep at IMF/WB Spring Mtgs – Part 27), and Reclaiming Rights, the Shame Game, et le Monde à l’Envers: Observations of a CSO Rep at IMF/WB Spring Mtgs – Part 38 GWU, my alma mater, is complicit to the socio-economic problems in the USA, as well as corruption in courts, and unstable banking systems globally for their omission of actions. The people at GWU, I have been lobbying in the past decade, but who are too busy playing ostrich to have a clue as to what is happening in the world, are Joan Meier, founder and Director of GWU’s domestic violence clinic (DV LEAP,) Arturo Carullo, Director of the International Human Rights Clinic, Mary Ellsberg, Director of the Global Women’s Institute, Jim Chung, founding Executive Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Mike Milken of the Milken Institute and Institute School of Public Health at GWU. As I told Ms. Meier recently, everyone in the courts (and workplace) treat “trophy-wives” and homemakers like the scum of the earth, and parasites on society. However, the real parasites on society are all the “professionals” in who have been milking citizenry of their hard-earned money for decades with their games and manipulations sinking economies and societies further and further into decay.
At present Ms. Philpott has 2 options. She can rent the rooms and basement in her house at fair market value, with the 2 upstairs rooms at $730/month each, and the basement at $1200/month, or she can continue to try to find a tenant for the upstairs room at the asking price of $950/month—and accept the consequence. However, what is certain is that Ms. Philpott is not going to transfer the consequences of her greed and manipulations onto me—and re-victimize me yet again! As I clearly demonstrated even if the room upstairs remains non-rented the entire year, Ms. Philpott is already “ahead” compared to what she would have received in rental income, had she “played it straight.”
Please be informed that any further harassment from Ms. Philpott, by continually seeking false pretexts to access and enter property, or through malicious actions designed to extort money from me; or have me evicted, will necessitate legal action on my part. As has been the case for over 40 years as a tenant, often of million dollar homes as an expat, I have always complied with lease, agreements, and contracts. I have done nothing wrong, but exercise my rights under the lease, and under the law.
In fact, after Ms. Philpott’s malicious actions at present, it is best that she communicates with me through emails, and access the property only under absolute necessity. If Ms. Philpott, or her legal counsel continues with any actions against me I will also be denouncing those actions on www.warondomesticterrorism.com, blogs on Huffington Post and Linkedin, exposing the hypocrisy and abusive practices against tenants in DC by landlords and predatory lawyers. I will also be contacting all of my press contacts around the world, as well as organize demonstrations in protest to what are clearly abusive and illegal landlord/tenant practices.
Quenby Wilcox, Founder, Global Expats, Founder, Safe Child International
Click on link for downloadable copy of letter US State Department – John Kerry – US Secretary of State
February 26, 2013
RE: Domestic abuse as a human rights violation, and a State’s obligation to protect
Dear Mr. Secretary,
I am contacting you regarding an issue that is receiving increasing awareness amongst communities around the world; domestic abuse and violence as a human rights violation and a State’s obligation to protect under the principle of due diligence, as establish by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Gonzales vs. USA and Velasquez vs. Honduras, and the European Courts of Human Rights in A vs. UK.
Under international law, a State may be responsible for acts of violence against women committed by non-state actors if it fails with due diligence to prevent, stop and investigate acts of violence, punish perpetrators and provide compensation to the victims, as specified in General Recommendation 19 (1992) of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. The legal concept of due diligence clarifies the responsibility of States to make women’s rights a reality. This responsibility is enshrined within the established requirement of exercising due diligence to respect, protect, fulfill and promote human rights. Exercising due diligence includes actions with respect to prevention, investigation of violations of human rights that have occurred and prosecution of perpetrators through fair proceedings. It also requires that adequate reparations be made to victims, including compensation, justice and ‘rehabilitation’. 
Decreasing the prevalence of violence against women requires challenging its acceptance, especially the many ways in which victims/survivors are blamed and perpetrators excused, transforming the diverse cultures of complicity and impunity across the globe.
The failure of justice systems across the globe to effectively charge, investigate and prosecute human rights violations against women and girls has resulted in a system of global impunity for perpetrators, which must be urgently addressed.
The right not to be abused must be absolute. States have the responsibility to address all violations of women’s human rights that take place on their territory and/or are committed by [or against] their citizens in extra-territorial contexts. 
One out of every three women, or almost 1 billion women around the world, experiences domestic abuse during her life-time, with the following global consequences and health-related issues:
- 40-70% of women murdered each year are killed by intimate partners
- Over 64 million women each year suffer intentional and unintentional injuries
- Over 100 million women each year suffer from neuropsychiatric disorders
- Over 100 million maternal and perinatal conditions and complications occur
- 20 million people are victims of human trafficking
- Widespread sexual harassment and bullying in the work-place, schools, and communities
The enormity of the problem and its detrimental effects on societies around the world are of epic proportions, and can no longer be considered “private matters” or “civil disputes” by law enforcement officials, judicial tribunals, or government and non-government agencies.
As my own case and research demonstrates, until and unless judicial actors are held accountable for their failure to execute their duties and obligations as provided for under the law, progressive laws, government promises, and millions of dollars spent on awareness and action campaigns will be totally ineffective in eradicating domestic abuse and violence.
The US government and US State Department are continually espousing their commitment to combating and ending violence and discrimination against women, promoting democratic principles worldwide, and protecting human rights and labor rights around the world.[i] [ii] However, when it comes to American women living overseas and the US State Department, Consular Affairs Division’s day-to-day operations, the rhetoric does not translate into reality.
As so many advocates, I have become aware of and involved in the issues due to my own personal experience as a victim of domestic abuse, and re-victimization by the very judicial systems (in Spain) which have a duty and obligation under international human rights law to protect me and my children.
The US State Department estimates that 5.25 million Americans reside abroad, with 650,000 women and children at risk of becoming victims of domestic abuse and violence. In 2012 the American Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center (AODVC – www.866uswomen.org) handled 3005 crisis calls, emails & live chats directly from, or on behalf of 547 victims (544 females, 3 males) in 57 countries (UK, Canada, Costa Rica, Turkey, Russia, UAE, Germany, Pakistan, Switzerland, Croatia, being the most frequent.) Ninety-nine of these cases were affected by the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction, which represents 29% of incoming Hague abduction cases handled by the Office of Child’s Issues of the US State Department in 2012. At year-end of 2012 AODVC was handling 124 on-going cases.
As reported by the Hague Convention Domestic Violence Project (www.haguedv.org/reports) 70% of women involved in international child abduction cases under the Hague Convention are fleeing domestic abuse and the failure of judicial systems to protect them and their children. Abbott vs. Abbott (2010) (www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/09pdf/08-645.pdf) brought these issues to the attention of the US Supreme Court.
Between 2010-2012 the Office of Child’s Issues, Consular Division of the US State Department handled 890 incoming Hague Convention on international child abduction cases, with up to 70%, or 623 cases, potentially involving a protective parent fleeing domestic abuse and a Receiving State’s failure to protect. While I have been unable to obtain figures from the US State Department on the annual budget for the Office of Child’s Issues, the 2012 budget for “Strengthening Consular and Management Capabilities” was $3.75 billion.  Effectively, millions of dollars per year of the Consular Affairs Division’s budget are used in supporting the on-going abuse of thousands of Americans, while none of their resources are being used to assist the victims.
Abusers are well aware of the criminal implications, the stringent sanctions, and incarceration of those who resort to international child abduction, and are freely and frequently using the Hague Convention as a tool to intimidate and abuse their victims. They do so knowing full well that victims will not be assisted by Receiving State’s judicial and law enforcement systems, nor will they be assisted by Sending State’s Consulates, consular affairs division in Sending State’s headquarters, or Sending State’s judicial system, which are plagued by the same “failure to protect” due to the same “lack of diligence” as in the Receiving State.
In my own my ex-husband repeatedly assure me from the onset that I would be left penniless and incarcerated (prison or psychiatric facility); claiming that all “had been planned.” At the time, I thought his contention was just another example of his schizophrenic, hallucinatory state. But, statistics and documented testimonies show that this is an increasing phenomenon amongst victims of domestic abuse. In my own case all of my assets were illegally misappropriated by the courts and the negligence of my legal counsel, with my incarceration a very real possibility on several occasions.
Then, when I confronted my lawyers (recommended on the American Embassy website) with their overt negligent actions and the violation of my rights, I was always told “Lady, we do this all the time. Who are you going to tell?” And, effectively my petition to the Defensor del Pueblo, Consejo General del Poder Judicial and Instituto de Mujer for an investigation into my case and allegations was totally ignored, even though the professional and criminal negligence of implicated parties is well detailed, documented, and argued (posted on http://worldpulse.com/node/52011 and http://worldpulse.com/node/50602, respectively.)
The culture of “laissez faire” and silencing of victims, apathy of law enforcement and judicial actors towards the plight of victims, failure of judicial regulatory agencies to diligently investigate complaints & sanction infractions of judicial actors, coupled with consular affairs representatives’ non-compliance with art. 5, 36, 37 & 38 of the Convention on Consular Relations and FAM guidelines (victims of crimes/domestic abuse), inter alia, provide the motive, opportunity, and means for abusers to utilize judicial systems and government institutions to freely and overtly continue abusing and harassing their victims.
Of additional importance for the US government and US State Department, as my particular case demonstrates, is how American entrepreneurs in their business dealings abroad are open to corruption and discrimination in foreign courts. And, how the lack of due diligence by, and apathy of, US State Department officials permit unfair trade practices and misappropriation of American assets by foreign courts.
As the American Consulate in Madrid has been aware from the beginning of my case, the escalation of violence and threats upon my life by my ex-husband’s were caused by my desire and efforts to provide financial independence for me and my children. My company, Global Expats (www.global-xpats.com) is modeled after the Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas (FAWCO), but is a revenue-generating entity which remunerates its trailing spouse managers and employees, as well as assistants them in career maintenance and entrepreneurial efforts. Revenues are generated from a networking/local search-city guide global website with estimate lost opportunity costs at $200 million to date.
The disinterest and negligence of the American Consulate in Madrid and US State Department, Office of American Citizen Services and Crisis Management in Washington, DC, in the past 6 years and in regard to my case, has not only been responsibility for millions of dollars in lost revenues of my company, but prevented the creation of hundreds of jobs of American women living abroad.
International organizations such as the IMF, World Bank, and United Nations are increasingly examining the link between corruption and the present economic crisis. My case provided a perfect case-study on how and why widespread corruption in the courts impedes economic growth and entrepreneurial development, and the role negligent governance by regulatory agencies is playing in promoting judicial corruption.
In order to effectively protect and promote the interests of Americans living abroad, it is imperative that American Embassies and Consulates abroad comply with the guidelines in U.S. Department of State Foreign Affairs Manual Volume 7 – Consular Affairs (FAM), and utilize their prerogatives provided for in art. 5, 36, 37 & 38 of the Convention of Consular Affairs, and other international treaties, in assuring due process and respect for the rights of American citizens in foreign jurisdictions.
I hope by bringing these issues to your attention the US State Department will reassess their policy of non-compliance with FAM, the Convention on Consular Affairs, and other international treaties which provide them with the power and authority to promote and defend the interests and rights of Americans living abroad.
I thank you in advance for your time and consideration. Please feel free to contact me at Quenby@global-xpats.com or (202) 213-4911 with any questions or requests for additional information.
Founder – Global Expats
cc: President Barak Obama, White House
Assistant Secretary, Consular Affairs Janice L. Jacobs, US State Department
Joyce Namde, European Division Director, Office of American Citizen Services and Crisis Management
Joanne Hunter, Office of American Citizen Services and Crisis Management
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Jim D. Pettit, Overseas Citizens Services, US State Department
Assistant Secretary, Michael H. Posner, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, US State Department
Ambassador-at-Large Stephen J. Rapp, Office of Global Criminal Justice, US State Department
Deputy, Beth Van Schaack, Office of Global Criminal Justice, US State Department
Ambassador Alan D. Solomont, Embassy of the United States Spain
General Consul Peggy Gennatiempo, Embassy of the United States Spain
 “Good Practices in Combating and Eliminating Violence Against Women” Expert Group Meeting Organized by: United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women in collaboration with United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime 17 to 20 May 2005 Vienna, Austria, p.4.
 “Good Practices in Combating and Eliminating Violence Against Women” Expert Group Meeting Organized by: United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women in collaboration with United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime 17 to 20 May 2005 Vienna, Austria, p 12.
 “Good Practices in Combating and Eliminating Violence Against Women” Expert Group Meeting Organized by: United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women in collaboration with United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime 17 to 20 May 2005 Vienna, Austria, p.3.
 Women and Health : Today’s Evidence Tomorrow’s Agenda, World Health Organization 2009, p. 56.
 WHO Global Burden of Disease 2004 Report, p. 64 – World Health Organization
 WHO Global Burden of Disease 2004 Report, p. 62 – World Health Organization
 WHO Global Burden of Disease 2004 Report, p. 60 – World Health Organization
 Remarks by the President to the Clinton Global Initiative, September 25, 2012 (www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/09/25/remarks-president-clinton-global-initiative )
 Reports (Domestic Abuse as a Human Rights Violation and the Principle of Due Diligence – Spain a Case Study, Abuses of Power in Our Societies and Court Systems, and Sexual Abuse of Children and the Failure of Family Courts to Protect by Quenby Wilcox,) official complaints to Spanish government agencies (Defensor del Pueblo, Consejo General del Poder Judicial, and Instituto de Mujer in regards to González de Alcalá vs. Wilcox – juzgado de Mostoles and legal counsel of Quenby Wilcox) with supporting documentation is posted on http://worldpulse.com/user/2759/journal and http://worldpulse.com/user/2759/journal?page=1
 Extrapolated from estimates in Women and Health: Today’s Evidence Tomorrow’s Agenda, World Health Organization 2009, p. 56.
 The Office of Child’s Issues does not compile or retain gender statistics in its reporting of incoming or outgoing cases. Therefore, I have used the common and repeatedly reported rate of 70% for “State failure to protect” (Amnesty International, American State Bar Associations, inter alia)
 Consolidating Schedule of Net Costs, US Department of State Fiscal Year 2012 Agency Financial Report, p. 116
 Each year the Office of Child’s Issues deals with an average of 300 incoming cases with abused children, which are then condemned to living with the abusive parent for 10-16 years +. (My own children are 19 and 21, but until they are financially self-sufficient, or until I am financially solvent, they cannot defy their father’s order to have no contact with me.)
 The traditions and customs that for centuries have been used to silence dissent against government abuses of power are being used to silence the dissent of women and children who defy and denounce the abuses of power within the home.
 Factsheet – The IMF and Good Governance (www.imf.org/external/np/exr/facts/gov.htm), Improving Governance and Fighting Corruption (www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/issues/issues21/index.htm), Corruption and Development (http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fandd/1998/03/pdf/gray.pdf), Roads to Nowhere: How Corruption in Public Investment Hurts Growth (http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/issues12/index.htm), Economic Issues No. 6 — Why Worry About Corruption? – IMF (www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/issues6/index.htm)
 Corruption and Economic Development (http://www1.worldbank.org/publicsector/anticorrupt/corruptn/cor02.htm), World Bank Institute (http://wbi.worldbank.org/wbi/topic/governance), Measuring and reducing the impact of corruption in infrastructure (http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2006/12/7269830/measuring-reducing-impact-corruption-infrastructure), Anti-corruption policies and programs : a framework for evaluation (http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2000/12/748708/anti-corruption-policies-programs-framework-evaluation), The silence of corruption : identifying underreporting of business corruption through randomized response techniques (http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2011/06/14420546/silence-corruption-identifying-underreporting-business-corruption-through-randomized-response-techniques), A trio of perspectives on corruption : bias, speed money and “grand theft infrastructure” (http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2011/11/15505870/trio-perspectives-corruption-bias-speed-money-grand-theft-infrastructure), Social marketing strategies to fight corruption (http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/1998/01/440233/social-marketing-strategies-fight-corruption), Corruption and development (http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/1998/05/438765/corruption-development), Enrichment with growth (http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2011/10/15348701/enrichment-growth), Building public support for anti-corruption efforts : why anti-corruption agencies need to communicate and how (http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2010/01/12204776/building-public-support-anti-corruption-efforts-anti-corruption-agencies-need-communicate), An analysis of the causes of corruption in the judiciary (http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/1999/08/437874/analysis-causes-corruption-judiciary), Corruption in economic development – beneficial grease, minor annoyance, or major obstacle? (http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/1999/02/438609/corruption-economic-development-beneficial-grease-minor-annoyance-or-major-obstacle ), Experiments in culture and corruption : a review (http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2012/05/16259932/experiments-culture-corruption-review )
 Corruption and the Global Economy (http://mirror.undp.org/magnet/Docs/efa/corruption/Chapter02.pdf), The Cost of Corruption (www.un.org/events/10thcongress/2088b.htm), Organized Crime – United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (www.unodc.org/unodc/en/organized–crime/index.html), United Nations Convention against Corruption (http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/treaties/CAC/), Struggle against Organized Crime, Corruption, Drug Trafficking (www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2010/gashc3975.doc.htm), Fighting Transnational Organized Crime – the United Nations (www.un.org/events/10thcongress/2088f.htm), The study to examine the links between organised Crime and Corruption (http://ec.europa.eu/)
 The importance of the role that government agencies play in assuring transparency, integrity and accountability of the industry it regulates is clearly demonstrated in Governance of Financial Supervisors and its Effects – A Stocktaking Exercise by Marc Quintyn http://ideas.repec.org/b/erf/erfstu/47.html.
[i] US State Department »Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights »
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor » Human Right
The protection of fundamental human rights was a foundation stone in the establishment of the United States over 200 years ago. Since then, a central goal of U.S. foreign policy has been the promotion of respect for human rights, as embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The United States understands that the existence of human rights helps secure the peace, deter aggression, promote the rule of law, combat crime and corruption, strengthen democracies, and prevent humanitarian crises.
Because the promotion of human rights is an important national interest, the United States seeks to:
- Hold governments accountable to their obligations under universal human rights norms and international human rights instruments;
- Promote greater respect for human rights, including freedom from torture, freedom of expression, press freedom, women’s rights, children’s rights, and the protection of minorities;
- Promote the rule of law, seek accountability, and change cultures of impunity;
- Assist efforts to reform and strengthen the institutional capacity of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Commission on Human Rights; and
- Coordinate human rights activities with important allies, including the EU, and regional organizations.
The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) applies three key principles to its work on human rights:
- DRL strives to learn the truth and state the facts in all of its human rights investigations, reports on country conditions, speeches and votes in the UN, and asylum profiles
- DRL takes consistent positions concerning past, present, and future abuses. With regard to past abuses, it actively promotes accountability.
- DRL forges and maintains partnerships with organizations, governments, and multilateral institutions committed to human right. [i]
U.S. Human Rights Commitments and Pledges
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
Washington, DC – April 16, 2009
We are dedicated to combating both overt and subtle forms of racism and discrimination internationally. The United States is party to the International Covenant on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, and is committed to seeing the goals of this covenant fully realized. Particular emphasis should be placed not only on eliminating any remaining legal barriers to equality, but also on confronting the reality of continuing discrimination and inequality within institutions and societies.
Patrick F. Kennedy, Under Secretary for Management, US State Department,
Statement to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Advantages to the USA in complying with the
Convention of Consular Affairs in their assistance to American’s living abroad
- The protection of U.S. citizens abroad ranks among the Secretary’s and the Department’s absolute highest priorities
- Without guaranteed consular assistance, Americans cannot travel the world freely, safely, and with peace of mind
- When a U.S. citizen finds him or herself in a foreign government’s custody, a consular officer is often the best, and sometimes only, resource that citizen has as he or she navigates a foreign legal system
- We find these services especially critical in countries that do not respect due process of law and fundamental rights
- Ensuring compliance with our legal obligations is essential to our foreign relations and close bilateral relationships
- Our treaties are critical to protecting U.S. sovereign interests… facilitate our businesses’ international economic relationships.
- Chief Justice Roberts’ opinion for the Court recognized that judgment as a binding international legal obligation, and agreed that the United States’ interests in observance of the Vienna Convention, in protecting relations with foreign governments, and in demonstrating commitment to the international rule of law through compliance with that judgment were ―plainly compelling
United States Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence Globally
“We also know that countries are more likely to prosper when they tap the talents of all their people. And that’s why we’re investing in the health, education and rights of women, and working to empower the next generation of women entrepreneurs and leaders. Because when mothers and daughters have access to opportunity, that’s when economies grow, that’s when governance improves.” – President Barack Obama, Remarks at the Millennium Development Goals Summit, United Nations Headquarters, New York, New York, September 22, 2010
“Around the globe, violence against women is an epidemic. Violence robs women and girls of their full potential and causes untold human suffering. Violence against women impedes economic development, threatens peace and prosperity, and inhibits full participation in civic life. For every woman who has been beaten in her own home, for the millions of women who have been raped as a weapon of war, for every girl who has been attacked on her way to school, for all of the children–girls and boys–who have witnessed this brutality, we must do better.” – Vice President Joe Biden, Statement on the Anniversary of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, November 24, 2010
“It is time for all of us to assume our responsibility to go beyond condemning this behavior, to taking concrete steps to end it, to make it sociably unacceptable, to recognize it is not cultural; it is criminal.” – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Remarks on the Adoption of a United Nations Security Council Resolution to Combat Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict, United Nations Headquarters, New York, New York, September 30, 2009
[ii] Mechanisms to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence
The Department of State will employ various mechanisms to ensure a coordinated process for enhanced intra- and inter-agency coordination on addressing gender-based violence. The mechanisms outlined below mirror the framework detailed in the Secretary’s Policy Guidance on Promoting Gender Equality, and will be integrated across existing coordinating bodies on gender issues, both in Washington and within embassies and missions.
Strategic and Budget Planning
Under the Secretary’s Policy Guidance, relevant Department of State bureaus and embassies will develop strategies to promote gender equality and advance the status of women and girls across geographic regions and functional bureaus. Bureau and country strategies to address gender issues will be developed as part of the Department of State’s ongoing strategic planning and budgeting process. Strategies will be grounded in analysis of existing inequalities and focused on action items that the Department and embassies can advance in both near-term and longer-term timeframes. To implement the strategy on gender-based violence, the Department of State will:
Review relevant functional bureau strategic plans to ensure that gender-based violence is adequately addressed; and
Request that relevant regional bureaus and embassies include specific gender-based violence issues within their strategic plans, as applicable to specific country or regional contexts.
Guided by newly-revised definitions and guidance to bureaus and embassies, current budget processes have been strengthened to more accurately represent budget levels for the following Key Issue areas: gender equality/women’s empowerment (both primary and secondary attribution), gender-based violence, and women, peace, and security. The process informs the annual Congressional Budget Justification in these critical areas and serves to advance gender equality through both direct and integrated approaches. United States Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence Globally 31
Policy and Programming
Embassies and bureaus will strive to ensure that the full range of U.S. policy and assistance programming identifies and addresses existing gender disparities, capitalizes on the unique skills and contributions of women and girls, and is accessible and responsive to ongoing challenges confronted by women and girls. In order to further this agenda on issues specific to gender-based violence, the Department of State will: Establish an intra-agency working group, consisting of representatives from a wide range of bureaus and offices across the Department, to assist in internal coordination and integration of gender-based violence prevention and response in Department programming and policies.
The working group will share information and establish priorities, as well as coordinate existing policies and programs to eliminate gaps and effectively maximize existing resources.
Through existing policy and diplomatic mechanisms and programming, including the Secretary’s International Fund for Women and Girls and S/GWI, the Department of State will: Advocate for development and implementation of laws and policies in other countries to monitor, prevent, and respond to gender-based violence. This includes work to strengthen institutions and support partner governments’ efforts to develop appropriate legislation, harmonize laws and other provisions in the legal code, develop action plans for implementation, and help train oversight of and advocacy for implementation of the laws; Support capacity-building of and outreach to civil society, including the media, criminal justice sector, and health providers; Support civil society and community-level approaches to change behaviors and attitudes concerning violence and to facilitate discussion among families, community organizations, and religious, traditional, and other community leaders around human rights and gender-based violence, and effective ways to address these issues. Through these community level approaches, the Department will aim to target and engage:
- Men and boys;
- Female leaders and women’s groups;
- Religious, faith-based, and community leaders; and
Build off existing platforms (GHI, PEPFAR, etc.) and scale up programs that have been found effective, contingent on resources. This could include programs that integrate screening of and response to gender-based violence into health service delivery programs, as well as psychosocial support where feasible; or programs that require health and life skills programming for adolescent and pre-adolescent girls and boys, for example to address sexual coercion and abuse and promote elements of healthy relationships; Establish multi-sector linkages regarding violence prevention and response programs, with particular attention to the legal/judicial system and the education and economic sectors; and Address the causes, including root causes, of gender-based violence, especially violence against women and girls. This includes reducing barriers between women and men and girls and boys in economic, political, and civic arenas and implementing initiatives that protect human rights and raise societies’ respect and value for all women and girls, including inclusive education and economic empowerment opportunities.
by Quenby Wilcox
April 23, 2016
Washington, DC – In November 2015, founder of Global Expat, and long-time activist and advocate for the rights of women and children, Quenby Wilcox, was wrongfully terminated from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for said activism work. A copy of her complaint for workplace bullying to the Director of the IMF’s HR Department, Mark Plant is posted on her activism website, with a synopsis of her own case against the Spanish government, in a letter to the Defensor del Pueblo. Also, her letter to Carolyn Maloney, cofounder of the American Abroad Caucus, is posted on her website, as well as a letter to Under Secretary of the US State Department Patrick Kennedy, regarding the plight of the thousands of victims of domestic abuse, re-victimized by host country courts with no assistance from their consulates (see her casework in cases of Jannah Sims and Jimmy Ryan).
This was her 2nd wrongful termination from the IMF; the previous occasion was in 2011, when the Chair of the IMF Family Association (IMFFA), Anne-Beatrix Keller Semadeni unilaterally and illegally terminated her, for being a victim of domestic abuse and/or legal abuse. To add insult to injury, Ms. Keller promoted her ideas for Global Expats within the HR Department of the IMF (2010-2011) as well as her socio-economic and capacity building ideas amongst IMF economists, namely Joseph Stiglitz as original ideas of Ms. Keller.
Additionally, it is Ms. Wilcox’s belief that Ms. Keller obtained the job as Director of Development with the NGO in Washington, DC, Knowledge Ecology International (where Joseph Stiglitz sits on the Board of Advisors) under false pretenses, and is in fact continuing to promote the ideas and theories of Ms. Wilcox (posted on Linkedin, Huffington Post, Womenalia, and Reuters Foundation blogs) as her own–constituting intellectual property theft, and fraud, of which the IMF, and now Global Employment, are complicit by their failure to act.
Mr. Plant and the IMF have been afforded the opportunity to act with transparency and accountability in regards to Ms. Keller’s present activity. However, Ms. Wilcox has received no word from Mr. Plant or the Ethics Advisor, to date. Additionally, contacted in her attempts at reparations for the violation of her rights was Global Employment, for whom she worked during her entire tenure at the IMFFA (2009-2011). Again, Ms. Wilcox has received no word.
It should be noted that temporary employment agencies receive the same amount of money, as the employees they place. These agencies make enormous profits off of the workers they place, and should be obligated to defend the rights of workers when those rights have been violated by employers, assuming all legal costs and fees for those workers — particularly when the employers are large and powerful organizations.
The inertia and chaos that is being produced in large bureaucratic organizations in DC (such as the IMF, the World Bank, the IFC, the IADB, the US Department of State, Congress, White House, the list goes on and on) by bullying and antiquated, management-styles cannot be stressed enough. Ms. Wilcox is examining the various issue in her current blog Observation of a CSO Rep at the IMF/WB Spring Meetings 2016,
The hypocrisy of upper management at the IMF at present, with all the “pro” Workers and “pro” People rhetoric in the IMF/WB Spring Meetings, versus their “sit on the fence” attitude towards the flagrant violation of the rights of one of their employees, is a perfect example of the inertia, hypocrisy and double-standards of large organizations around the world. Lots of rhetoric, but no reality to their words. As one manager once told me, “I just ignore them until they go away” — and that does appear to be management policy at the IMF at present.
Contact: Quenby Wilcox at firstname.lastname@example.org
For a copy of the complaint click Complaint to IMF Ethics Advisor – Quenby Wilcox
Thank you for your time yesterday afternoon. I greatly appreciated it.
Per our conversation, please find below a copy of the emails I sent to Mark Plant, Director of HR at the IMF, regarding bulllying in the IMF. As I explained, the issue at present is the position of Director of Development at Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), which is currently held by Anne-Beatrix Keller Semadeni. Ms. Keller was the Chair of the IMFFA from October 2009 to April 2011. My tenure with the IMFFA (as an employee of Global Employment/Career Blazers) was from May 2009 to February 2011, at which time Ms. Keller prematurely terminated my contract, which expired at the end of April 2011.
As I explained, Ms. Keller used many of my ideas for Global Expats / www.global-xpat.com for the IMFFA, which, as I state in the attached complaint is not at issue. The problem arose, and exists, because Ms. Keller was promoting my ideas as her own within IMF HR, all the while telling IMF HR that I was useless, incompetent, etc., (and requesting my termination from the IMFFA board, which they refused because I was “the best person they had ever had at the IMFFA” ). In relation to my termination, it was my understanding from Ms. Yvonne Rivera of Global Employment that Ms. Keller had told IMF HR that for 4 months I had been declaring overtime, which was unauthorized by her and/or falsely declared on my part. This is totally false, with all documentation included in the attached complaint.
What Ms. Keller told IMF HR was very different from the story she told me when she prematurely and illegally fired me in 2011. She told me. that it was because my “situation” (a victim of domestic abuse and/or legal abuse) made IMFFA members “uncomfortable.” When she told me this I responded “We’ll I’m not having a great time here either. I can assure you. This is not by choice. Do you know what you are doing is highly illegal?” She said she did not care. She was giving me 2 weeks notice. She sent an email to the entire IMFFA members about my “departure,” and informed the IMFFA board that she was leaving for 2 weeks to Switzerland, and would be unreachable by phone or email.
As I told you in our conversation, I was later given temp assignments in the IMF, so I never took issue with what Ms. Keller did. I had always intended to include what occurred in my complaint to Committee on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which follows up on Gonzalez Carreno vs. Spain, 2014, (2nd jurisprudence recognizing violence against women as a human rights violation), as well as clarify any misinformation Ms. Keller had transmitted to IMF HR about me at a later date.
However, as I explained, it is not possible that Ms. Keller obtained a position as Director of Development in such a prestigious NGO; one that was initiated by Ralph Nader, and whose board of Advisors includes Joseph Stiglitz (former chief economist at the IMF, and 2 time Nobel prize winner), with just my ideas for Global Expats incorporated into IMFFA. I can only surmise that Ms. Keller is also espousing many of my socio-economic theories, which are posted on my blogs on Huffington Post, Womenalia, Linkedin and Reuters Foundation (as well as www.global-xpats.com). As I told you, I do have a certain natural “talent” for understanding international socio-economic issues, and in the past 8 years have been examining the domestic violence/violence against women (DV/VAW), the women’s rights and the human rights movements of the past 50-60 years. As I further explained, I am very much lobbying the IMF and the World Bank on many of the issues I am exploring, and exposing. In fact, the World Bank has an enormous data base on VAW issues at an international level, but states that they lack information at national levels. What my research does is basically bridge the gap between the DV NGOs at a national level, and the VAW at the international level. The World Bank has an department called, Women, Business, and Law, which is interested in my work, as I am interested in theirs.
As I further explained to you, the issues I am dealing with (corruption in the courts, domestic violence, bullying in the workplace, etc.) are issue people in my family tree have been dealing with for centuries, and in my blogs I use parallels from Thomas Wilcox, co-author of the Puritan Manifesto (Admonitions to Parliament), John Paul Jones as an American hero, as well as a British pirate, and will be be using analogies from WWII and Winston Churchill, and John Dickinson and the American Constitution, and his other writings. Additionally, as I explained my reports are extremely thorough, meticulous, and voluminous, as is my activism website www.warondomesticterrorism.com. I can assure you there is absolutely no doubt as to who is the originator, and author, of my ideas and theories. I call particular attention to my background material for my CEDAW presentation, Financing for Development (FfD): A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Additionally, people across the Internet, and within the global mobility industry have known about my project, and legal problems with the Spanish courts for the past 8 years.
Additionally, please see my Linkedin profile against that of Ms. Keller’s profile. Ms. Keller is French national from Tunisia, who obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Aix-en-Provence, and translating diplomas in Geneva, where she obviously met her husband, an economist with the IMF, whose career has sent them to Cameroon and Togo. Ms. Keller has no professional experience other than a free-lance, part-time translator, and her 1-year tenure as president, and 2-year tenure as Teen Summer Program and Career Networking committee chair in the IMFFA. Additionally, never in my life have I seen such chaos and disaster created in an workplace by one person, as I observed with Ms. Keller as Chair of the IMFFA. Ms. Keller has no organizational skills, and she micro-manages and bullies those with whom she works. She also lacks any kind of integrity or ethics. One of the greatest problems with ‘Expat Wives Clubs’ such as IMFFA (www.fawco.org, and www.fiafe.org are 2 other examples) is that modern women want to be remunerated for their work. So these associations are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit competent and ethical managers to serve on their boards. A large portion of women serve on these boards for the social status it affords them, and in that it helps their husband’s careers– as seen in the case of Mr. Werner Keller who was given a position as Resident Representative in Togo West Africa after Ms. Keller’s tenure as Chair.
As I explained in our conversation, it is my greatest desire to have my good name restored to me, as well as what is rightfully mine — in this case to be considered for the position of Director of Development with KEI. My last communication to Mr. Plant was last Thursday, March 31st. I have not heard back from him, so I can only assume the IMF wishes me to contact the Director of KEI, James Love directly concerning Ms. Keller’s dishonesty and unethical behavior. Since I was an employee of Global Employment during my tenure with IMFFA, I wanted to notify them of the situation, and request any assistance they might provide in the matter. Unfortunately, since all of this involves my inability to move forward with Global Expats, this does implicate Global Employment in my $10-20B lawsuit against the Spanish government, with the US and French government as accessories, and now the IMF as accessories.
I am sure that if KEI has not yet realized what an impostor Ms. Keller is, they soon will. So I do want to contact them quickly, before they initiate any efforts to find someone to replace Ms. Keller. If by next week I still have received no word from the IMF as to how they wish to proceed, I will be obligated to contact KEI directly
Thank you again for you time.
Dear Ethic Officer,
I am contacting you regarding updates on my previous complaint, dated March 8, 2016.
In the past month, I have further researched the NGO where Ms. Anne-Beatrix Keller is employed at present. Its name is Knowledge Ecology International (KEI). When I first saw that Ms. Keller was Director of Development at a small local DC NGO in February 2016, I thought it was just another useless, ‘window-dressing’ NGO and think-tank in the Washington area. However, not only is it not an insignificant, unimportant NGO in DC, but it is a Ralph Nader initiative, with Joseph Stiglitz (former chief-economist at the IMF and two time Nobel prize winner in economics), on its Advisory board. (Also, my research at present focuses on Laura Nader’s books Law and Culture in Society and The Life of Law.)
Please see my emails below to Mark Plant regarding my original complaint, as well as my follow-up email regarding Ms. Keller’s unethical and illegal actions. Since I have not heard back from Mr. Plant (as to the IMF contacting KEI, or myself) I have brought the matter to the attention of Global Employment. This employment agency was my employer during my time at the IMFFA, and therefore is also implicated in the intellectual property theft and human rights violations of Ms. Keller, IMFFA and the IMF, as well as the ensuing financial damages. If Global Employment does not act in a timely manner, I will be propelled to contact KEI directly, as well as the press.
However, what is perhaps even more problematic than the actions of the IMFFA and IMF in the case at hand, is the fact that not only has IMFFA been involved in unethical activity, but it is misrepresenting the safety and security of women and children in the USA, and “enticing” women and children to cross international borders under false pretexts; elevating the situation to human-trafficking.
The fact that ‘Expat Wives Clubs’ such as IMFFA and FAWCO are misrepresenting the protection women and children receive in court systems while living abroad, and in reality espousing propaganda and misinformation designed to deceive; renders them complicit to the human rights violation of host country governments. Not only are they covering-up for the human rights violations documented in my own case against IMFFA, but also in the case of the FAWCO UN Team. (For example, please see their blog Gender Justice is a Human Imperative calling for women to “change the paradigm,” vs. my report FfD: Midsummer Night’s Dream. FAWCO participates in UN “human rights” initiatives, all the while promoting domestic violence, with empty rhetoric ‘window-dressing’ programs and initiatives, that are more effective at silencing victims than assisting them.)
As is the case with IMFFA, FAWCO board members, have been thoroughly informed as to the rampant corruption in family courts around the world, and the dire situation of these victims. However, just like their DV counterparts in the USA, American Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center (AODVCC) and National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), DV LEAP of GWU, etc., are espousing false rhetoric about the integrity and accountability in the courts, luring women and children into false perceptions about their safety, security, and rights—and thereby agreeing to an international relocation.
While I realize that many people involved are well meaning and with good intentions. However, with women and children being raped, beaten and tortured in the countries around the world, and with lawyers and courts systematically encouraging and supporting that violence, and court corruption – good intentions are simply not enough. The legal profession at present is riffed with corruption, negligence, and gender-bias, with the governments and international community turning a blind eye to the situation. Lawyers and judges in family courts around the world are indiscriminately, and systematically violating the rights of woman and children in the same way the Nazi’s persecuted the Jews, and African Americans were persecuted under the Klu Klux Klan. Until these judicial actors are held accountable for their illegal actions, corruption in Western courts (estimated at rates of 70-90% ), will continue to escalate; further aggravating all of the socio-economic forces that have created the global economic crisis, as well as prevent it from a real recovery.
From: Quenby Wilcox <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 1:32 PM
Subject: Complaint Against IMFFA – Implicated NGO w/ Ms. Keller – Knowledge Ecology Intl. – Nader Initiative – Joseph Stiglitz Advisor
Dear Mr. Plant,
On March 16, 2016 I contacted you regarding a complaint of bullying and wrongful termination with the IMF, and IMFFA in the past. I was contacted by the temp agency, Global Employment, last week regarding a temp position this past week at the IMF. In the end the assignment was not confirmed, and did not happen (with no issue). However, I can only surmise from the call, that I have been removed from the “black-list” at the Fund.
Since, then I have applied for two administrative positions at the IMF, and await responses. However, this still does not clarify my standing in regards to my application for Programs Assistant in the Office of the Executive Director of France. I am particularly interested in being considered for this position, as it involves dealing with French diplomats, etc, and it is an excellent possibility for be to build my networks in the French community within the DC area.
However, since I filed my original complaint with the IMF, I have been further researching the NGO where Ms. Keller has been on staff since December 2015. The name of the NGO is Knowledge Ecology International (KEI). It is an NGO originally started under Ralph Nader, with former chief economist at the IMF, Mr. Joseph E. Stiglitz sitting on its Board of Advisors. (Mr. Stiglitz book The Price of Inequality is on my “to read list”.) Additionally, the Director, James Love is known for his work on intellectual property rights.
When I saw the distinguished level of the founder, advisors, and management of KEI—noting that the work of these experts is completely in line with my own work of the past decades, my animosity towards Ms. Keller was understandably heightened. My work on Global Expats is totally in line with Mr. Nader life work on consumer protection issues. And my blogs (and future socio-economic work, when I can get Global Expats up and running) is completely, and totally, in line with Mr. Stiglitz work in economics. I even recently order Laura Nader’s books Law in Culture and Society, and The Life of Law: Anthropological Projects, which have key elements in my research on the degradation of rights in the courts and societies at present. And, the work in medicine (treatment of thrombosis) that I am attempting to assist my father (world reknown for his pioneer work in the ‘70s) in developing through an open source platform is very much in line with some of the work related to medicine at KEI. Not only is the position Ms. Keller holds, one more appropriately mine; much KEI could benefit much from my work, as well as my father’s.
When I looked as Ms. Keller’s profile on the KEI website, I was astounded to see that she is not only Director of Development, but has a research assistant at her disposition as well. Ms. Keller has absolutely no experience, knowledge, background, intellectual curiosity, intelligence, education, or character to have been offered her current position. Ms. Keller is a self-serving, micro-manager, who spends her time social climbing and networking—nothing more. As already stated in my previous complaint, Ms. Keller was not only totally unqualified to be Chair of the IMFFA, she is completely and totally unqualified for her current position. And, it was in efforts to cover-up this ineptitude that she fired me many years ago. I can only deduce that Ms. Keller obtained this position at KEI, because of her connections to Mr. Stiglitz through her husband’s personal and/or professional connection to Mr. Stiglitz at the IMF.
However, what struck me as particularly bizarre, was that Ms. Keller would have obtained this position, by simply promoting the ideas of the IMFFA in 2009-2011 as her own; all the while being very vocal about additional funding and the MoU. The prestige of the position which Ms. Keller holds at present is totally incongruent with the experience of a part-time, freelance translator and one-term president of a local ‘Expat Wives Club’ who got “some extra funding” for the club “in a down market.” The position Ms. Keller holds is much more than a housewife who turned the idea of an antiquated social club into a more professional, high-profile structure (www.fawco.org is doing the same, with same ineffective results as www.imffa.org). Good ideas, as I can attest because many were my own; but not “earth-shattering” enough for Ms. Keller to merit a position such as the one she holds at present.
I am beginning to suspect that not only is Ms. Keller promoting herself as a “world citizen” in the international community in DC using my work at the IMFFA as “proof.” But, I believe she may be reading my blogs, and espousing those ideas as her own amongst IMF economists as well as in the DC international community. It is the only way I can conveyable believe that she would have been offered a position at KEI.
If you will examine Ms. Keller’s background, education, experiences, and travels against my own; particularly calling attention to my reports, letters to government officials, NGOs, casework, etc. posted on www.warondomesticterrorism.com, as well as my blogs on Linkedin, HuffPost, Womenalia, and Reuters Foundation, and my Reading List, as well as my educational background in prep schools in England and the USA, and then GWU in DC—and my extensive globe-trotting since. I believe there is no doubt as to who is the brains behind any ideas for ‘Expat Wives Clubs,’ or socio-economic development theories that Ms. Keller may be discussing, or perpetuating as her own. I can assure you a ½ hour interview with Ms. Keller, and a ½ hour interview with me, about international macro-economics and development theories will dispel any doubt from anyone’s mind as to who is the real global citizen and genius, and who is not.
If you will examine not only my background, which includes a degree in business marketing, several market studies in the 1990s in Latin America and global distribution networks for artesan products, ongoing research for the past 40 years in sociology, psychology, economics, politics, healthcare, global socio-economic issues, cultural diversity, women and gender issues, women’s rights, children’s rights, childhood development, discrimination in all its forms, human rights, civil rights….., and then there are my hobbies and interests… I believe there will be no doubt as to which trophy-wife, trailing-spouse (without the PhD) is the real global citizen, and the genius in current socio-economic thought in DC and around the world—and who in reality is the imposter.
However, by simply perusing my blogs on Linkedin with 6500+ followers (many WB, IMF and UN) against no blogs or posts by Ms. Keller with 164 contacts, it is evident to the world who is the brains, and who is the hot air in this situation.
I am supremely qualified for the position which Ms. Keller holds a present; a position for which she is most definitely NOT qualified. In the interest of transparency, it is extremely important that KEI be notified of the possible misrepresentations of Ms. Keller in obtaining that position, and that I be afforded the opportunity to apply, and be considered no my merits and the rightful owner of my ideas.
I realize that this puts the IMF in an uncomfortable position, as well as Mr. Stiglitz, KEI, and myself. I prefer to give the opportunity for the IMF to contact KEI regarding the misrepresentation of Ms. Keller, and the truth behind what has transpired; as well as that under all standards of fairness, I deserve to be considered for that position. However, if you feel that it would be more appropriate for me to directly contact KEI directly, I will understand, and I handle it accordingly.
Please let me know how the IMF wishes to proceed in this matter. And, if anyone should have any questions, or wish to discuss issues further, I remain at your disposition.
Dear Mr. Plant,
Upon the recommendation of Ms. Gheeta Ravindra, mediator at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), I am sending you copies of complaint I filed with the Ethics Committee for two cases of workplace bullying. First, against the IMF involving Ms. Adrianne Thapa, MAP OM of ICD, and the failure of Ms. Sharmini Coorey, Director of ICD, to investigate my allegations of bullying and my wrongful termination by Ms. Thapa, as Projects Assistant in ICD in 2015. And, the second against Ms. Anne Beatrix Keller Semandeni, former Chair of the IMFFA, Ms. Sarah Happel, former Chair of the IMFFA, and Mr. John Harper, former vice-Chair of the IMFFA (under Ms. Keller), for my wrongful termination as Administrative Assistant of the IMFFA in 2011.
Please note that while the first instance of bullying and wrongful termination occurred several years ago, while I was employed at the IMFFA, Ms. Adrianne Thapa, was my contact person at the IMF. The failure of her to report knowledge that Ms. Keller was falsely accusing me of declaring overtime, does make her complicit to the cover-up of any lies Ms. Keller may have told HR, and that resulted in my wrongful termination. Ms. Keller made these false accusations as a pretext to have me fired, for her personal feelings towards me, as well as the fact that many of the ideas she was promoting with IMF HR to obtain additionally funding for the IMFFA in 2011, were in fact, ideas from my Global Expats project–and not her own. Ms. Keller was presenting those ideas to IMF HR as hers; all the while denigrating, and leading IMF HR to believe that I was incompetent and useless. I imagine that Ms. Keller did not want IMF HR to find out that, her ideas were in fact mine. And, why it was imperative of Ms. Keller to have my contract terminated before she stepped down at Chair of the IMFFA–and, why she had to come up with a false accusation that would result in my immediate termination (Feb. 2011), even though my contract did not finish until the end of April 2011.
I began my project, Global Expats/www.global-expats.com in 2005-06, with a “working” prototype on the Internet in 2007, along with correspondence to the State Department, Embassies, and hundreds of global mobility experts around the world in 2007. The existence of my website, as well as an outline of the entire project is well-documented as early as 2007, and extremely well-known, as is my domestic violence case in Spain with expats, and global mobility experts across the globe. Now, I have no issue with Ms. Keller, or the IMFFA, using my ideas. In fact, I encourage it. But, I do take issue at someone promoting those ideas as their own and trying to destroy me in the process to cover-up their theft, which is what Ms. Keller did.
While I began Global Expats in 2006-07, its development has been hampered by a domestic violence case in Spain (where I was living at the time) and the failure of the Spanish judicial system to protect me, and my children (who are in Spain). As everyone is aware, I have been challenging the negligence and corruption in the Spanish judicial system for the past 8 years (my divorce was in 2008-2012), and I will be presenting my case to CEDAW in the coming month, after having spent the past years “exhausting all domestic remedies.” My case against the Spanish government follows up, and challenges the Spanish government’s defense in Gonzalez Carreno vs. Spain, 2014. A synopsis of my case against that government is posted on my complaint to the Spanish Defenso del Pueblo in 2014. However, I am a dual national American-French, and I have been soliciting the assistance of my Consulates in Madrid since 2007 when the judicial corruption first began. Therefore in my complaint I will be naming the American and French government complicit to the human rights violations of the Spanish government. For a synopsis of my case against the American government, please see my letter to the Congressional American Abroad Caucus which highlights the issues from a public policy perspective. (Unfortunately, the website business model I was developing in 2006-07 is now called a local-search directory, with the concept of www.global-xpats.com that of www.tripadvisor.com, but for a family moving rather than on vacation. Tripadvisor.com is presently generating revenue of $1.5B, so pending litigation against the 3 injurious governments as well as individuals involved in my case involve damages close to $10B. )
Why I did not file a law suit against the IMFFA in 2011 is explained in the attached complaint.
Additionally, in relation to my complaint against Ms. Thapa and Ms. Keller, et al, please see attached a draft version of background material I am preparing for my CEDAW submission, FfD: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which is pertinent to cases of bullying in the workplace. My research of VAW of the past 8 years, has examined it from an intersectional approach, as well as under human rights standards, so the report is as applicable to bullying in the workplace, as it is to bullying within the home. Additionally, theWorkplace Bullying Institute, states the following regarding domestic violence and workplace bullying,
Being bullied at work most closely resembles the experience of being a battered spouse. The abuser inflicts pain when and where she or he chooses, keeping the target (victim) off balance knowing that violence can happen on a whim, but dangling the hope that safety is possible during a period of peace of unknown duration. The target is kept close to the abuser by the nature of the relationship between them — husband to wife or boss to subordinate or co-worker to co-worker.
I believe the attached documents explains the situation of bullying, not only in ICD, but in a larger context of why the global mobility is failing to effectively combat bullying in the workplace. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have. In terms of supplementary information you might require, please note that all the facts and documentation of my CEDAW case are posted on www.warondomesticterrorism.com for your perusal. I hope you might assist me in clarifying my standing with IMF HR, and any misunderstandings Ms. Keller, Ms. Thapa, or any other implicated party may have created with the IMF as to me, my integrity, my honesty, my competence, and my dedication to my work.
Thank you in advance for your time, and consideration.
The Case of Jimmy Ryan
Jimmy’s Wish website (in Japanese)
Jimmy’s Wish campaign on Facebook (in English)
Jimmy’s Wish campaign on Change.org (in English)
Jimmy’s Wish campaign on Youtube (in English)
A Japan-based American family seeks the help of the public to save the life of their son, Jimmy Ryan who is a victim of a suffocation atrocity, and series of violations of his human rights beginning several years ago. After years of negligence and denial of life-saving medical intervention, the family has taken to internet, seeking help from the public to save Jimmy, by signing the Jimmy’s Wish petition. The family seeks justice and pleads with the public to sign their petition that demands U.S…
The Honorable Barbara Boxer, 112 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
Tel.: (202) 224-3553
November 24, 2015
Dear Senator Boxer,
I am contacting you regarding the case of your constituent Mr. James Ryan, and the failure of the Japanese government to comply with national and international law in regards to the continuing denial of life-saving treatment to his son, Jimmy Ryan, a minor American child in Tokyo.
I have recently been in contact with Mr. Ryan in regards to the horrific attempts upon the life of his child, and subsequently upon the life of Mr. Ryan in retaliation for his efforts to obligate authorities to investigate the attempted suffocation of his child on Dec. 28, 2007, by attending doctors at a Japanese military facility, Bōei Ika Daigakkō Hospital.
The alleged suffocation of the minor child occurred just four days after Mr. Ryan announced his legal obligation to report multiple schemes of conspiracy, fraud, coercion, and scientific misconduct by eminent scientists at Kobe Japan (Riken) – providing means, motive, and opportunity for said crimes.
It is absolutely unconscionable that the American Consulate and Embassy in Tokyo has not strenuously protested to the failure of Japanese authorities to rigorously and without delay investigate Mr. Ryan’s allegations (of attempted murder as well as its cover-up by Japanese authorities). The fact that the American Embassy in Tokyo has categorically, and continuously, persisted in refusing to assist Mr. Ryan’s request for assistance under Code of Federal Regulations (CFR22, art. 71.1, 71.6, §10.735–215, §101.3(b)), US Code (22USC, art. 2715a & 3904(1)), US Department of State Foreign Affairs Manual (7FAM, 1930’s), and Convention of Consular Relations (art. 2, 5 & 38), renders them complicit to the human rights violations against Jimmy Ryan.
I have previously been in contact with your office regarding another of your constituents, who is also facing violation of her and her child’s rights in foreign courts, with her Embassy and the US Department of State grossly negligent in their duties and obligations to assist and protect. The refusal of American Consulates around the world to fulfill their obligations towards American citizens living abroad is an on-going problem, and one which is producing vast amounts of potential law-suits against the American government for flagrant and rampant human rights violations – under their obligation to protect (Gonzalez Lenahan vs. USA, 2011 Inter-American Commission on Human Rights).
Please find enclosed a copy of the email Mr. Ryan sent to your office on Monday, November 23, 2015, in which he solicits your immediate insistence with the US Department of State in assuring that Jimmy Ryan, an American minor child, receives the life-saving treatment he so desperately needs. I hope that you will comply with Mr. Ryan’s request and assure that the US Department of State take immediate action in assuring that Mr. Ryan is provided will ALL assistance required and requested.
I thank you for your interest in Mr. Ryan’s case and the plight of his child. The prolonged pain and suffering that this family has had to endure in efforts to save their child is atrocious. But, the inaction of apathy of the American Consulate and Embassy in Tokyo is not only atrocious, but is a human rights violation, in and of itself.
Thank you in advance for your time and consideration. If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founder – Global Expats
Founder – Safe Child International
The Honorable Caroline Bouvier Kennedy
Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8420 JAPAN
March 3, 2016
Dear Ambassador Kennedy,
I am contacting you regarding the case of Mr. James Ryan, an American national residing in Japan, and the failure of the Japanese government to comply with national and international law in regards to the continuing denial of life-saving treatment to his son, Jimmy Ryan, a minor American child in Tokyo.
Please find enclosed a letter I sent to Senator Barbara Boxer, in regard to the case of Mr. Ryan, a constituent of Senator Boxer. As stated in my letter, the gross negligence of the American Consulate in implementing Code of Federal Regulations (CFR22, art. 71.1, 71.6, §10.735–215, §101.3(b), US Code (22USC, art. 2715a & 3904(1), US Department of State Foreign Affairs Manual (7FAM, 1930’s), and Convention of Consular Relations (art. 2, 5 & 38), renders them complicit to the human rights violations against Jimmy Ryan.
At present the child is still alive. However, Mr. Ryan has informed that his death is imminent.
I do wish to inform the American Embassy if this child dies, because of the continuing refusal of the American Consulate and Embassy in Japan to fulfill their legal obligation to protect under international law (Gonzales Lenahan vs. USA, 2011 and Gonzalez Carreno vs. Spain, 2014) and assure that this child is provided with the access to live-saving medical assistance, the American government will, under international law, be complicit in the death of this child.
Governments are using the defense of “sovereignty rights” and “judicial independence” in the cases cited above to defend what in reality is criminal negligence of governments in their failure to implement national and international laws, as Jimmy Ryan’s case so dramatically demonstrates.
I am well familiar with the “sovereignty rights” and “judicial independence” debates as I have been challenging these defenses of the Spanish, American and French governments for the past 8 years, and is the crux of my CEDAW case Wilcox vs. Spain, against the Spanish government, naming the American and French government complicit and accessories to the crimes and human rights violations of the Spanish government—noting that the defense of the Spanish government in Gonzalez vs. Spain was “judicial error” and a failure to exhaust, with the Bar Association of Madrid in my case claiming it is the “right of lawyers in Spain to engage in “judicial error” under the principle of judicial independence.”
This ludicrously is why government’s argumentation of “judicial independence” and “sovereignty” (in the cover-up of judicial corruption) has no logic, or legal validation.
I completely understand the American government’s (and all government’s) contention that they are prohibited from “intervening in judicial procedures, particularly those under foreign jurisdiction” WHEN integrity, transparency, and accountability exist within the judicial (and executive and legislative) branch of government. However, this is NOT THE CASE in Japan, nor in any other country in the world.
In the USA (the supposed crème de la crème of judicial systems), negligence rates are consistently at 70%. Innocence projects across the country are showing judicial error of 70%. Gender-bias and other studies done across the USA by universities, bar associations, and think tanks are showing 70% “transfer” rates of children to sexually and physically abuse parents with in family courts. However, the 70% (actually 70-90%) negligence/failure rates I am finding in the USA is not reserved to the judicial systems. It is systemic. And, it is systemic because the legal profession (globally) is guided more by greed and nepotism than morals or ethics.
As you can see in my background material for my CEDAW case, Financing for Development (FfD): A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the financial markets are so riffed with greed, nepotism, and corruption that unless government’s address the underlying rampant and systemic corruption within judicial systems, the trillions destined for “saving the world” will do nothing more than aggravate existing global problems of poverty, inequality, global warming, etc.—pushing the world to a point of no return. Much of the 70-90% failure rates of business start-ups in the world today is nothing more than the failure of financiers to “do their homework;” and instead rely on nepotism as well as game-shows and gimmicks to make investment decisions.
Paradoxically, the efforts of Embassies and Consulates to remain “transparent” by not intervening in judicial systems, (in foreign countries) are rendering them complicit to criminal negligence of the Receiving government who are guilty of human rights violations due to their failure to assure transparency and accountability in their courts.
In the case of the American government, and the failure of the US Department of State combat the rampant discriminatory norms within Consulates globally—Consulates that are miserably failing to implement State Department guidelines and directive, but also US federal law, on top of international law—is in part due to lack of leadership from the very top of the American political machine—President Obama. Please see my series of blogs in the Sean Penn, El Chapo Speaks and Freedom of Speech in America Affair, which is on-going due to an American press which has been overtaken by pundits and wisecrackers, rather than serious reporting.
As Dr. Justin Frank states in his book, Bush on the Couch,
But as we’ve seen, [President Obama’s] most uplifting speeches are often followed by periods of letdown. He flies in, inspires with a speech—and then flies out. I think he is trying not to be one-sided, when sometimes it’s necessary for a president to take action. It is on this cusp that we again see Obama using the language of substitution—more subtly so when he’s being so connected and empathic—instead of the Language of Achievement, by which walking in another person’s shoes must result in taking action. The bin Laden mission was action taken, and it offered the bonus of distracting us from the violence of unemployment in a way not very different from his extremely moving and meaningful appearance at Booker T. Washington High School. In the latter case, however, empathy and understanding substituted for action…
As president, Obama still exhibits great empathy, but until the mission to get bin Laden, he suffered from a decisiveness deficit; he’s more comfortable taking decisive action against an external threat to Americans than on his empathy for the citizens and followers who fact homegrown threats posed by legislators who protect the wealthy while slashing need domestic programs. Instead of acting on his empathy, he outsources action to members of Congress… Obama sometimes behaves too much like his father, flying into a place and then leaving without follow-through…
This inability to follow-through is reflected in the US Department of States inaction in the case at hand to implement US federal law, and international law in their handling of Jimmy Ryan’s case. Please see attached my letter to Undersecretary Patrick Kennedy in March 2013. With my correspondence to the US Department of State, Congress and the White House posted on www.warondomesticterrorism.com, along with my reports Failure of Family Courts to Protect Victims of Sexual Abuse, and Abuses of Power in Our Societies and Court Systems: Implications and Solutions Under Human Rights Law, Domestic Abuse as a Human Rights Violation & the Principle of Due Diligence: An Intersectional Approach, as well as Family Courts in Crisis.
While the concentration of my work, until present, has been in the area of corruption and negligence in family courts as human rights violations, I do not discriminate against children whose violation of rights, and/or life and death issues do not involve family courts—I will protest against the violation of the rights of anyone, anywhere. The problems in the courts, from a human rights perspective, are the same as in criminal and civil courts, as well as a current case of work-place bullying.
Rampant and systemic abuses of power are occurring at all levels of societies due to public authorities turning a blind eye to abuse of power under their purview—in international jargon called lack of governance and transparency. Please see the IMF/World Bank Annual Meeting Civil Society Townhall 2015 which explain the underlying issues and the necessity for civic actions, such as my own, in calling for implementation of decades of empty promises and rhetoric.
I sincerely hope that the American Consulate in Japan will, take whatever immediate actions are necessary to provide all, and any, emergency humanitarian assistance to the son of James Ryan, Jimmy Ryan, a minor child and American citizen, whose right to life, and humanitarian aid, has been denied to him for almost a decade, while this brave poor soul fights desperately for his life with every ounce of his being.
In your book The Right to Privacy (which I will be using in developing argumentation of universal jurisdiction for combating human rights violations in family courts at a global level), you wrote,
Why we as Americans so cherish our privacy is not easy to explain. Privacy covers many things. It protects the solitude necessary for creative thought. It allows us the independence that is part of raising a family. It protects our right to be secure in our own homes and possessions, assured that the government cannot come barging in. Privacy also encompasses our right to self-determination and to define who we are. Although we live in a world of noisy self-determination and to define who we are. Although we live in a world of noisy self-confession, privacy allows us to keep certain facts to ourselves if we so choose. The right to privacy, it seems, is what makes us civilized.
As you so eloquently state, it is the right to privacy which brings civility to mankind. But, it is the right to life which brings humanity to mankind.
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Founder – Safe Child International
 state vs. federal rights in USA are theoretically the same as the sovereignty rights debate in the international arena
 June ’14 Judicial Corruption & Human Rights, May ’14 Transparency Intl.-Global Corruption Report-Part I, Apr ’14 Integrating Human Rights in the Anti-Corruption Agenda, Mar. ’14 Corruption & Human Rights-Making the Connection, Feb. ‘ 14 The Relationship Btwn. Human Rights & Corruption / Organised Crime & Corruption , Jan. ’14 – Amnesty Intl (Spain) – What Specialized Justice?, Dec. – United Nations Secretary General’s Report – Advancement of Women: In-depth Study on VAW, Nov. – Save the Children Report – The Spanish Justice System Confronted with Sexual Abuse w/in the Family, Oct. – The Emperor’s New Clothes – Domestic Violence, International Divorce, and a State’s Obligation to Protect under International Law, Sept. – Hague Convention Domestic Violence Project, Aug. – works by Barry Goldstein, Dr. Mo Hannah & Elizabeth Liu, July – documentary “Now Way Out But One” by Garland Waller & Barry Nolan, June – Safe Kids International & Damon’s List , May – Battered Mother’s Custody Conference (BMCC), Mothers of Lost Children (MOLC) White House Demonstration, & National Safe Child Coalition (NSCC) lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill. http://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/fcc_newsletters/