Open Society Institute Grantee Killed in Iraq
Senator Leahy's office organized a Washington DC memorial service for Marla Ruzicka, on Saturday May 14, 2005. Ms. Ruzicka, 28, was an OSI grantee who devoted her life to documenting the needs of innocent war victims and facilitating aid. She was killed by a car bomb in Baghdad on April 16, 2005.

May 17, 2005

Senator Leahy’s office organized a Washington DC memorial service for Marla Ruzicka, on Saturday May 14, 2005. Ms. Ruzicka, 28, was an OSI grantee who devoted her life to documenting the needs of innocent war victims and facilitating aid. She was killed by a car bomb in Baghdad on April 16, 2005.

Marla Ruzicka founded the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC). CIVIC identified Afghan and Iraqi civilians that had been hurt or killed by U.S. military actions and helped to arrange medical care or compensation. CIVIC has received funding from the Open Society Institute since 2003.

Marla also worked with Senator Leahy on enacting legislation to bring aid to the innocent victims of war by providing for basic needs such as medical care and shelter. This unprecedented effort is helping victims of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and it will continue to help improve the lives of those affected by violent conflicts.

The Washington memorial service, hosted by U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, included government officials such as Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Iraqi ambassador to the United Nations, Samir Shakir Sumaidaie, war correspondents Peter Bergen and Steve Connors, CIVIC board member and Washington Director of Human Rights Watch Tom Malinowski, and several others who knew Marla and her work on behalf of innocent victims in conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Memorial Service program is available by downloading the PDF file.

For more information about CIVIC, please visit: www.civicworldwide.org

For more information about Marla’s continuing legacy: http://leahy.senate.gov/press/200505/051005a.html

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