Importance of Socialization

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W O M E N ’ S C O M M I S S I O N

for refugee women & children


U N TA P P E D P OT E N T I A L : Adolescents affected by armed conflict
A review of programs and policies

U N TA P P E D P OT E N T I A L : Adolescents affected by armed conflict A review of programs and policies

Wo m e n ’s C o m m i s s i o n f o r R e f u g e e Wo m e n & C h i l d r e n N e w Yo r k

W O M E N ’ S C O M M I S S I O N

for refugee women & children

Copyright © January 2000 by Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America ISBN: 1-58030-000-6 Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children 122 East 42nd Street New York, NY 10168-1289 tel. 212.551.3111 or 3088 fax. 212.551.3180 e-mail:


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The Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children seeks to improve the lives of refugee women and children through a vigorous program of public education and advocacy, and by acting as a technical resource. The Commission, founded in 1989 under the auspices of the International Rescue Committee, is the only organization in the United States dedicated solely to speaking out on behalf of women and children uprooted by armed conflict or persecution.

The Women’s Commission expresses its sincere thanks to the scores of practitioners who participated in the study and to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, UNHCR (Senior Coordinator for Refugee Children Office) and Dr. Gail Furman for their generous support and commitment to children and adolescents affected by war and persecution. This report was researched and written by Jane Lowicki, Senior Coordinator, Children and Adolescents…...

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