What We Do
The Stateless Dignity Project is a young organization, founded in April 2018 by international human rights lawyer and freelancer Ashley S. Kinseth. With a team of four board members/volunteers, we work tirelessly to advance the mission of Stateless Dignity. Ultimately, we aspire to develop a robust roster of programs, each focused on providing advocacy and legal assistance to identified stateless groups around the world.
Stateless Dignity works first and foremost to advocate for and advance the rights and human dignity of stateless persons and families around the globe. As its first full-fledged Program, Stateless Dignity currently devotes the largest share of its resources to a stateless group that the UN has dubbed "the most persecuted minority in the world": the Rohingya.
At the same time, Stateless Dignity also keeps its finger on the pulse of other statelessness and related issues across the globe, with news and photography content more broadly devoted to advancing the causes of all stateless populations, particularly across all our social media platforms. We look forward to expanding our programming at the earliest opportunity to include other programs.
In the very near future, Stateless Dignity also plans to launch a monthly newsletter, as well as a news and updates section. But in the meantime, to stay on top of the latest developments, we invite you to visit, follow, and/or like Stateless Dignity on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
The many ways you can help
We invite you to support our mission in any way you are able, be it financially or with your unique skills, time, energy—or even simple social media engagement! For more on the many ways to become involved, please see our Donate, Opportunities, and Contact pages, as well as the above social media accounts.
Stateless Dignity also looks forward to expanding both our programming and staff at the earliest opportunity. We are thus seeking large-scale funding opportunities (such as grants) that will enable us to grow our staff as soon as possible. If you happen to come across any appropriate grants or foundations, we once again invite you to please contact us, as we would be deeply grateful for such tips.
Further, if you are interested in one day joining our staff, please also feel free to reach out. While we can make no guarantees at this stage, we are nonetheless quite happy to discuss opportunities that may arise in the near future.
“In a sea of human beings, it is difficult, at times even impossible, to see the human as being.”
- Aysha Taryam, author of the Opposite of indifference
News & Updates
Stateless Dignity is still working to launch its News & Updates feature, which will appear here. Please check back soon for updates.
In the meantime, here are just a Stateless Dignity developments to keep an eye on:
Photographer Leif B. Kennedy will soon publish a photo essay on behalf of Stateless Dignity, which is based on his June 2018 travels to the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh: the very start of the battering monsoon season. His essay promises to provide a unique and fascinating glimpse into the daily lives and struggles faced by nearly one million men, women, and children now living in Bangladesh's refugee camps.
On Saturday, September 22, Executive Director Ashley S. Kinseth will speak at the Burmese American Muslims Association LA Convention on Myanmar’s Ongoing Genocide. Much like talk at the uOttawa Law Symposium on the Legal Dimensions of the Rohingya Crisis on August 25—dubbed Rohingya Genocide Remembrance Day—Kinseth’s focus will be on proving Myanmar’s genocidal intent. This is, in her opinion, arguably the most key aspect in advocating for governments, the media, and the public to acknowledge the genocide and ultimately utter the word—something virtually every government on Earth has avoided for decades, as acknowledging an ongoing "genocide" is viewed as obligating recognizing nations to intervene under international law.
On August 25, Executive Director Ashley S. Kinseth also published an opinion piece in the Washington Post, which addressed the mounting body of evidence that speaks to Myanmar's genocidal intent, and encouraged the United Nations and world governments to recognize the Rohingya Crisis as a “genocide” in accordance with international law. Shortly thereafter—and in the wake of numerous related and timely articles —the United Nations released a statement acknowledging the Rohingya Genocide as such and calling for Myanmar military leaders to face justice.
Finally, we also welcome submissions for potential dissemination via Stateless Dignity. If you are interested in contributing, we would be pleased to hear from you and, we hope, feature or link to your work here and/or on our various social media accounts (including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn).