Julia A. Seymour

Julia has worked as a writer in the Washington, D.C., area since 2005 and was a fall 2012 participant in a World Journalism Institute mid-career class conducted by WORLD editor in chief Marvin Olasky in Asheville, N.C. Follow Julia on Twitter @SteakandaBible.

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COVID-19 threatens veterans’ mental health

Science | Isolation puts a vulnerable population at greater risk
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 5/20/20, 06:41 pm

Rob Bailey sits alone each day in the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall he commands in Montgomery, Ill. Retired veterans no longer sit in the banquet hall and lounge, chatting with each other. Bailey, a U.S. Navy veteran, may send out emails or tidy up, but he’s always close to the phone, ready for anyone who needs someone to talk to. Some days, 10 to 12 people call him. On days the phone doesn’t ring, Bailey calls at-risk members of his VFW “family.”

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Setting captives free from COVID-19

International | Pandemic prompts the release of international prisoners of conscience
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 4/24/20, 05:25 pm

Mask-clad family members stood outside the red gate of a prison in Myanmar’s northern Shan state on Friday welcoming freed prisoners. Myanmar, also known as Burma, released 24,896 inmates as part of its annual pardon for the Buddhist New Year. This year, the ongoing pandemic added new importance to the tradition.

Around the world, countries are releasing inmates to decongest their prisons, fearing the coronavirus could spread rapidly inside overcrowded holding centers. The United States is working to ensure the growing trend includes prisoners of conscience.

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Femicide rising

International | Women in Mexico protest increasing gender-based violence
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 3/17/20, 06:33 pm

Ingrid. Fatima. Maria.

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