This special episode of Yoshi Didn't was recorded at Saad Mohseni's residence in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Please read about Saad <a href=http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2066367_2066369_2066475,00.html>here</a>.)
Kimberly Motley, a proud daughter of an African-American father and North Korean mother, picked up her street smarts in her hometown, a tough neighborhood of Milwaukee. In 2003, she earned a law degree at Marquette University, and became a very successful attorney with the State of Wisconsin Public Defender's Office, litigating hundreds of criminal, civil and juvenile cases. In 2008, Kim volunteered to participate in the U.S. State Department's Justice Sector Support Program, dedicated to rebuilding the Afghan legal system. This was Kim's watershed moment. Since then, she has dedicated her life to fighting injustices in Afghanistan.
Recently, Kimberly was kind enough to bring me to visit the notorious Pul-e-Charkhi prison, and introduced me to three of her Western clients. She confidently navigates throughout the prison by maintaining a cultural sensitivity to Afghans, while demanding respect from all the men. Surrounded by inmates that include Taliban, Al Qaeda and jihadists, she gives comfort, listens intently and provides the best legal advice she can. No matter how difficult the odds, she's committed to fighting for her clients' freedom.
Two cases exemplify her dedication. Kimberly litigated a case representing an Afghan woman named Gulnaz who was raped and impregnated by a relative. After reporting the rape to authorities, the traumatized young woman was, unbelievably, jailed on charges of adultery! With Kimberly's help, Gulnaz's case went all the way to President Karzai; she was able to persuade him to grant the very first presidential pardon (and first overturned verdict ever) in a moral crimes case in the history of Afghanistan. Axs.tv covered the happy results of Kimberly's diligent work on "Dan Rather Reports."
Kimberly also saved a 6-year-old girl from being sold into marriage over a medical debt. Young Naghma didn't know how close she came to leaving her family. After persuading the local elders in a "Jirga," a public hearing, Kim paid off the family's debt using a fund made available by an anonymous donor. All parties were able to exit the situation without losing public face, leaving the men with a great respect and appreciation for Kimberly's promotion of justice and fair play.
The conversation ends with Kim's photoshoot for Vanity Fair magazine. This former Wisconsin Beauty queen is excited and ready for the shoot. She explains to me that great Tom Freston is planning to write the article about Kim's great achievement in Afghanistan. Please enjoy the episode!
Kimberley Cy Motley, Esq.
Motley Consulting International
Motley Legal Services
Website : motleylegal.com
Afghanistan. Please enjoy the episode!
Direct download: Episode_18.mp3
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