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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Kimberly Motley, Kabul’s Most Respected Lawyer

September 27th, 2010 | 3 comments | Posted by Diana

Name: Kimberly Motley

Age: 35

Occupation: Lawyer, mom, former beauty queen

Known for: Helping foreigners sitting in Afghan jails. The Daily Beast‘s Elise Jordan just profiled the daughter of an American dad and South Korean mom, mother of three and 2004 Miss Wisconsin, who is currently a registered attorney with the American, British, Italian, Norwegian, German, and Canadian Embassies and recently negotiated the release of high-profile Brit detainee Bill Shaw. Motley wears neither a dress, veil nor headscarf in trial and is, according to Jordan, “one of the most respected lawyers in Kabul.”

From TDB:

Motley, who was crowned Mrs. Wisconsin in 2004, grew up in Milwaukee and earned her law degree at Marquette University. She had never traveled outside the U.S. before she began working to rebuild Afghanistan’s legal system in 2008 as a part of the State Department’s Justice Sector Program. Traveling around the countryside—visiting women’s prisons, juvenile detention centers, and some of Afghanistan’s roughest and toughest jails—she found that “not only were due process violations being ignored for virtually all of the accused persons, but there were quite a few foreigners trapped within the legal and prison system,” she says.

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November 10th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Name: Melissa Fung

Age: 35

Occupation: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation journalist

Melissa Fung was abducted outside of Kabul, Afghanistan on October 12 while conducting interviews with Afghan families displaced by the war. She was held captive in a cave for four weeks, at times blindfolded and chained to the cave wall, and fed only biscuits and juice before she was freed on Saturday. There are rumors that either a ransom was paid or two imprisoned Taliban leaders were released in exchange for Melissa’s freedom, both of which have been denied by the Canadian government. After her release, Melissa, who was physically unharmed, told reporters that she hoped people would not make a “fuss” over her.

But we want to make a itsy-bitsy fuss over Melissa. Because we don’t care why she was released so much (and yes, releasing Taliban leaders = bad, duh), we’re just happy that she’s safe.


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