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Baroness Caroline Cox spoke at the Ivy League Congress of Faith and Action seminar in 2014. (1:24:44)

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In this seminar, Baroness Cox discussed the Biblical mandate to “speak for the oppressed” with examples taken from the experience of Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART). HART works with people suffering from oppression and persecution, often trapped behind closed borders, off the radar screen of major aid organizations and the international media. Baroness Cox discusses ways in which we can address contemporary challenges such as modernday slavery, human trafficking and the suffering of girls and women subjected to forced prostitution and female genital mutilation.

About Baroness Cox

Baroness Caroline Cox was created a Life Peer in 1982 for her contributions to education and has served as a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords from 1985 to 2005. She is the Chief Executive of HART (Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust). Baroness Cox is the Chairman of the Executive Board of the International Islamic Christian Organisation for Reconciliation and Reconstruction (IICORR), a charity which she helped to set up to promote stronger relationships between Muslims and Christians. She is an active member of the World Committee on Disability and has been instrumental in helping to change the former Soviet Union policies for orphaned and abandoned children from institutional to foster family care.

Baroness Cox’s humanitarian aid work has taken her on many missions to conflict zones all over the world. In recognition of her work in the international humanitarian and human rights arenas, she had been awarded the Commander Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland; the prestigious Wilberforce Award; the International Mother Teresa Award from the All India Christian Council; the Mkhitar Gosh Medal conferred by the President of the Republic of Armenia; and the anniversary medal presented by Lech Walesa, the former President of Poland, at the 25th anniversary of the Polish Solidarity Movement.

She has also been awarded Honorary Doctorates by universities in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the Russian Federation and Armenia. She has written several books, and two biographies have also been published: The Baroness Cox: Voice for the Voiceless, by Andrew Boyd, and The Baroness Cox: Eyewitness to a Broken World by Lela Gilbert.