On December 6, 2013, the Rebecca Project for Human Rights
Ethics Board Committee ruled that any further emails from Imani Walker's
corporate or private account defaming Kwame Fosu would result in her immediate
termination and from the Rebecca Project for Human Rights. Contrary to our
admonitions to Imani Walker to cease and desist, she shunned aside the Ethics
Board’s ruling in a recalcitrant and recidivistic manner that manifest a desire
to malign the organization, board and its staff. Therefore, for the sake of the
sanctity of our work and organizational harmony, we hereby terminate Imani
Walker in accordance with the Ethics Committee Ruling (on file). As of our
decision today Friday, December 6, 2013, Imani Walker has been accorded ninety
(90) days to appeal to the full Rebecca Project Board, an unsuccessful or the
refusal to submit an appeal will sustain her termination and the purging in her
image, and likeness from our website. We are praying for Imani Walker to find
solace in her new pursuits and wholeheartedly wish her all due success in
future endeavors, as stronger and more sober-minded in her judgment.
Kwame Fosu is a Women’s Rights Advocate and Policy
Director at the Rebecca Project for Human Rights since 2003. Kwame received his B.A. in Criminal Justice
from the John Jay College-CUNY; M.B.A. from Pace University; and J.D. from
Georgetown University Law Center.
Prior to working with the Rebecca Project Kwame Fosu
worked briefly with the Public Defenders Services in Washington, DC and also
served as a Legislative Fellow for Congressman Charles Rangel where he
addressed issues related to crime, foreign affairs (Africa & Middle East)
and AIDS/HIV in Africa. In Congress, Kwame became a devoted advocate for Africa
and created an informal coalition of staffers to advocate and support the human
rights efforts of Amnesty International (Adotei Akwei) and World Vision (Rory
Anderson) to pass the Clean Diamond Trade Bill. Kwame Fosu pushed back against
lobbying efforts by the government of Botswana and the diamond industry in New
York, and persuaded Congressman Rangel that the harm to vulnerable populations
in the conflict regions of Africa far exceeded any potential loss of revenue to
African governments and the diamond industry.
Kwame Fosu co-authored Non
Consensual Research in Africa: The Outsourcing of Tuskegee, and authored Depo-Provera:
Deadly Reproductive Violence Against Women to expose unethical
medical practices by reproductive health funders, health providers and U.S. researchers. In November 2011, Kwame pushed back against
repeated unethical efforts of his former Director Edee (Malika) Saada Saar and reproductive health funders led by Shira Saperstein of the Moriah Fund, to cover-up harm of
dangerous long-term contraceptives and unethical medical research in Africa. Kwame Fosu
is leading an effort to protect and honor the dignity of vulnerable women and girls in Africa, America and
globally by ending the use of dangerous long-term contraceptives such as Depo Provera, and Norplant. Norplant was pulled from U.S. markets in 2002 after multimillion dollar settlements by Pfizer, but it is still exported and implanted in African women. The
Rebecca Project seeks a permanent solution, with the backing of Congress, international
law enforcement and a coalition of concerned foundations, to halt unethical
medical practices and human subject research in Africa.
In 2008 Kwame founded the Educating Girls to Empower
Girls (EG2) initiative in Ghana and partnered with the Revolutionary
Underground (http://www.revolutionaryunderground.org/about_us) to create the Circle of Sisters Mentoring
program and Girls Learning Hub for vulnerable girls.
Lorna Hogan is the Director of the Rebecca Project. She directs Rebecca Project’s Sacred Authority Women’s Advocacy and Sacred Daughters Advocacy which is a leadership and empowerment program for girls. Ms. Hogan also conducts a weekly written, spoken and expressed word workshop at the DC Jail for Women’s Correctional Treatment Facility and Guadenzia, Inc., an alternative sentencing family treatment program in Baltimore, Maryland.
A mother of four children, Ms. Hogan attributes her eleven years in recovery and the end of her drug-related criminal activities to the opportunity she and her children were afforded by a comprehensive family-based treatment program where they could heal together as a family.
Ms. Hogan is a graduate of Montgomery College’s Continuing Education Program and is an active PTA mom in the Montgomery County School District.
Lorna has been featured in several publications in the Washington Post and Silent Treatment-Addiction in America, and in an article Criminal Justice Cycle Must End: Time for Treatment, Not More Prisons, by Dr. Henrie M. Treadwell, Morehouse School of Medicine, and “A Ray of Hope” an article in the Reentry Bridge Network Newsletter.
is a Women’s Rights activist and the Depo Provera Expert & Victims Coordinator for Attorney
Willie Gary. Elaine studied psychology at New York City Tech and is establishing the Elaine Riddick Sister Sanctuary for girls at risk.
Ms. Riddick is an African-American
woman who, as a 14-year-old girl in 1968, was forcibly sterilized by the Eugenics Board of North Carolina, which argued that she was
"feebleminded" and "promiscuous" in accordance with the policies
of Dr Alan Guttmacher and Margaret Sanger. Elaine waged a 40 year battle for
justice winning 10million dollars for surviving victims.
Prior to her
sterilization, Elaine had been kidnapped, molested, and raped. Elaine Riddick was
living with her grandmother, Maggie Woodard, when a social worker discovered
her pregnancy. The illiterate Woodard signed an X on a consent form, not
knowing what it was, only that if she didn't sign, Elaine would be sent to an orphanage.
Elaine Riddick has a brilliant Son Tony Riddick who lives in North Carolina.
Elaine has appeared on all major TV networks including NBC with Brian
Williams, People Magazine, Newsweek, Time, and others, and is a subject of a
new Lifetime movie in development.
Elaine can be reached at ElaineRiddick5@gmail.com / 7703540583
Abena Ninnette Boakye is the Director of Rebecca Project's "Educating Girls to Empower Girls Initiative (EG²)" in Ghana. She has been a community advocate and organizer for the Okyenhene (pronounced: o-chin-hini) for over six years. The Okyenhene is the King of Akyem Abuakwa in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Abena coordinated the King's HIV/AIDS and education efforts for poor women and families. As the Okyenhene's community director for women, Abena, organized workshops that targeted secondary school girls and young women to get tested for STDs and to practice safe sex. She also incorporates the art of jewelry making and cultural dancing as mediums to motivate girls and young women to attend her health workshops.