Victims' Rights Caucus


Madam Chairman, I am proud to introduce this Amendment with Congresswoman Louise McIntosh Slaughter.

Nearly 3 years ago, a distraught father contacted my office asking for help for his daughter, Jamie Leigh Jones. Jamie was a 20 year old, KBR contractor in Iraq. After only 4 days in the Green Zone, Jamie was drugged and gang-raped by her coworkers. When she woke up in the morning, she was naked, bruised, and bleeding. She saw 1 of her coworkers beside her and he confirmed that they had unprotected sex. She immediately contacted her supervisors and was taken to an Army hospital, where an Army doctor performed a rape kit. Rape kits are essential in future prosecutions because they preserve forensic evidence. The Army doctor took photographs of Jamie and informed Jamie that she was raped by multiple men. She has had reconstructive surgery.

What happened next is appalling. Jamie was locked in a guarded shipping container for 24 hours. Her supervisors told her this was for her safety, but she was not provided food or water and she was not allowed to contact anyone. Jamie finally convinced a sympathetic guard to let her use his cell phone and Jamie called her dad for help.

After speaking with Jamie's father, my staff and I contacted the State Department and within 2 days, 2 agents from the State Department had rescued Jamie.

Since Jamie's return in America, she has not had justice. Although a grand jury was finally convened, 2 1/2 years later, there is still no indictment. We learned that Jamie's important rape kit was turned over to her employer, KBR, instead of to the proper law enforcement personnel. KBR then lost and recovered the rape kit, but it is incomplete. KBR has stonewalled cooperation with authorities on the investigation regarding what occurred to this and other victims in Iraq.

This Amendment is very straight forward. It requires defense contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan to report violent crimes committed against or by their contracted employees to the Department of Defense and that the information must be made public. It also requires defense contractors to provide for victims with medical and psychological assistance.

This Amendment is one step in the right direction for bringing justice to victims.

And that's just the way it is.