“Bristles with disturbing details and heartfelt compassion.” Publishers Weekly
“Kathy is a remarkable woman who had the courage to tell the truth and stand up for the victims of sex trafficking, putting her own life on the line. I was deeply moved by her story and hope her voice will be heard, raising awareness about the tragic consequences of war.” Oscar-winning actress, Rachel Weisz (who played Bolkovac in the film, The Whistleblower)
“Most galling is the sad truth that DynCorp answered to no law, nor to the military, the U.S., or the Bosnians…Infuriating and heartbreaking.” Booklist
“Bolkovac and co-author Lynn successfully evoke the paranoid atmosphere of a suspense film…the authors shine a light on a neglected area of widespread human suffering…Along with the film adaptation, this book will hopefully draw attention to an underreported tragedy.” Kirkus
"We all have a stake in stopping this ongoing atrocity, not least because we're paying for it...." Ms. Magazine
When Nebraska police officer and divorced mother of three Kathryn Bolkovac saw a recruiting announcement for private military contractor DynCorp International, she applied and was hired. Good money, world travel, and the chance to help rebuild a war-torn country sounded like the perfect job. Bolkovac was shipped out to Bosnia, where DynCorp had been contracted to support the UN peacekeeping mission. She was assigned as a human rights investigator, heading the gender affairs unit. The lack of proper training provided sounded the first alarm bell, but once she arrived in Sarajevo, she found out that things were a lot worse. At great risk to her personal safety, she began to unravel the ugly truth about officers involved in human trafficking and forced prostitution and their connections to private mercenary contractors, the UN, and the U.S. State Department. After bringing this evidence to light, Bolkovac was demoted, felt threatened with bodily harm, was fired, and ultimately forced to flee the country under cover of darkness—bringing the incriminating documents with her. Thanks to the evidence she collected, Bolkovac won a lawsuit against DynCorp, finally exposing them for what they had done. This is her story and the story of the women for whom she helped achieve justice.
Bolkovac has been nominated for a 2015 Nobel Peace Prize.
Bolkovac’s story is also the subject of the film The Whistleblower, starring Rachel Weisz as Kathryn Bolkovac, which premiered in 2011. Watch the trailer here.