Dr. Lori Handrahan’s thorough research deftly illustrates how money, sex, and the exploitation of our children have fueled a fire that is ravaging our nation.
— Sgt. Stephen J. Pickering, Maine State Police (retired)


Dr. Lori Handrahan has over twenty years of humanitarian and human rights work in Central Asia, Africa and the Balkans. Her focus is gender-based violence, conflict/post-conflict environments, UN reform, and ending child sex abuse. She was UNHCR's first Gender Expert in emergency operations during the Darfur genocide, UNHCR's Regional Gender Advisor in The Balkans, CARE's Girls' Leadership Assessment lead evaluator in Yemen, UNFPA's Gender-Based Violence Information Management System lead evaluator in Uganda, and OCHA's sole evaluator on their agency-wide gender review. Dr. Handrahan completed her Ph.D. at London School of Economics. Her work is published widely from academic journals to The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post, The Washington Times, Forbes, The National Journal, The Daily Beast, and Fox News. She has been a guest on CNN, Fox News, CTV, and CCTV.


Al Jazeera Interview: Nepal’s Children at Risk

Lori Handrahan comments on the rising number of foreigners that have been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing children in Nepal in recent months.

TRT World News: Roundtable

26 Feb 2018: People at some of the world's biggest charities abusing their power...

Mike Walter sits down with former UN Consultant Lori Handrahan to discuss the prospects of successful peace talks over the Syrian crisis, and what must be done to ensure a diplomatic solution.

CCTV America anchor Elaine Reyes is joined by Lori Handrahan, United Nations consultant, to discuss the subject of future international relations, now that the G20 Summit has ended.
Discussing the situation of children in Syria on Canadian TV.
Lori Handrahan Interview by Levon Sevunts, Radio Canada International

Lori Handrahan Interview by Levon Sevunts, Radio Canada International



Press Articles



Epidemic by Lori Handrahan

Epidemic by Lori Handrahan

Epidemic: America's Trade in Child Rape

by Lori Handrahan

The problem of child sex abuse and its cover-up is real. A generation of American children are being destroyed. If you think this happens to someone else’s children and your children are safe, you are mistaken. Your children might be enduring sexual abuse right now while you remain dangerously ignorant. America’s appetite for child pornography puts all our children at risk. Your children and mine. Whether you acknowledge it or not. This book is a wake-up call about a subject too few people want to discuss. That is, while no one was watching, America has become a child pornography nation.

Gendering Ethnicity by Lori Handrahan

Gendering Ethnicity by Lori Handrahan

Gendering Ethnicity: Implications for Democracy Assistance (Issues in Globalization)

by Lori Handrahan

Democracy, anticipated by American and other Western powers to prevent economic chaos and political conflict within and among states, is not evolving as expected. This research argues that part of the failure resides in United States democracy assistance's inadequate consideration of gender within democracy programming.

Chapter 17 by Lori Handrahan

Chapter 17 by Lori Handrahan

The UN, Human Rights and Post-Conflict Situations

Edited by Nigel White and Dirk Klaasen, Chapter 17 by Lori Handrahan

This book considers the human rights standards applicable to the United Nations and applied by the United Nations in post-conflict situations, including East Timor, Kosovo and Afghanistan. Chapter 17 by Lori Handrahan is titled: "Rhetoric and reality: Post-conflict recovery and development: the United Nations and gender reform."


United Nations Reports

OCHA Report 2010

OCHA Report 2010

Review of OCHA’s Gender Equality Policy

2 December 2010
Prepared by the Evaluation and Guidance Section, UN OCHA Based on information and recommendations provided by Lori Handrahan, Independent Consultant

The creation of OCHA’s Gender Equality Policy in 2005 and of a dedicated Senior Gender Specialist position in 2006 have been important steps towards gender mainstreaming in OCHA. Moreover, the role of interagency tools such as the IASC Gender E- Learning, Gender Markers, the GenCap programme and leadership in advocacy is proving invaluable to reach established gender objectives. GenCaps have been an important asset to support and provide technical guidance, and when placed with OCHA they have strengthened OCHA’s ability to provide effective coordination on gender.

UNFPA Report 2010

UNFPA Report 2010

Assessment of The Gender Based Violence Information Management (GBVIMS) Pilot in Northern Uganda

September 2010
Lori Handrahan, Ph.D. & Rose Mary Nalwadda, MA

Challenges of gathering accurate and reliable data on gender-based violence (GBV) during humanitarian responses are significant. Humanitarian decision-makers, GBV programmers/service providers, and donors all require valid and robust GBV data to provide, and accurately target, critically needed GBV services. Yet, sharable GBV data in humanitarian contexts has been largely absent because the means to collect such data has been non-existent. Insufficient funds, against an extreme need, are available for crucial GBV services, let alone finances to create safe and ethical data collection and management systems.


Academic Journal Articles



Conflict, gender, ethnicity and post-conflict reconstruction

L Handrahan - Security Dialogue, 2004 - sdi.sagepub.com - Cited by 98

Abstract This article introduces the concept of ethnicity in relation to gendered security
problems in conflict and post-conflict settings. Feminist research has established that men
and women experience conflict and post-conflict situations differently owing to issues of ...


Hunting for women: bride-kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

L Handrahan - International feminist journal of politics, 2004 - Taylor & Francis - Cited by 35

In 1983 Benedict Anderson famously claimed that the ethnic fraternity enabled millions of
people to kill, and more so to die, over the past two centuries, in the name of their perceived
community. While plenty of subsequent research focused on both the ethnic and violent ...


Gender and ethnicity in the 'transitional democracy' of Kyrgyzstan

LM Handrahan - Central Asian Survey, 2001 - Taylor & Francis - Cited by 24

Despite Central Asia's political significance, isolation and complexity best characterize the
region. 1 The relative lack of analysis on a country highlighted for its democratic potential
provides a compelling justification for consideration of Kyrgyzstan as a case study ...


Gendering ethnicity: implications for democracy assistance [BOOK]

L Handrahan - 2002 - books.google.com - Cited by 12

Democracy, anticipated by American and other Western powers to prevent economic chaos
and political conflict within and among states, is not evolving as expected. This research
argues that part of the failure resides in United States democracy assistance's inadequate ...


Gendering ethnicity in Kyrgyzstan: forgotten elements in promoting peace and democracy

LM Handrahan - Gender & Development, 2001 - Taylor & Francis - Cited by 10

Women's potential positive role in preventing and arresting ethnic conflict, and their obvious
absence in conflict resolution initiatives, has been largely ignored and negated from
community level to the level of international donors. Traditionally, ethnicity has been ...


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