Who We Are

Ross Caputi teamed up with Cam, Kali, and Debra in 2013. His experience as a Marine who participated in the 2nd siege of Fallujah led him to become an anti-war activist and, later, the Founder and Director of the Justice for Fallujah Project. Ross’s activism thus far has focused on the idea that veterans not only have a moral obligation to help the people that they hurt in U.S.’s wars and occupations, but also to renounce their privileged status as heroes in American society. He is the co-author of The Sacking of Fallujah: A People’s History (2019) and the lead curator of the People’s History of Fallujah Digital Archive. Ross is currently working towards a PhD in History at UMass.

Debra Ellis, Debra is a cofounder of the Islah Relarations project. She recently retired from University of California Santa Cruz. She received her MS from Florida State University in Counseling and Human Systems. She has lived and worked in partnership with displaced families in Tibet, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Palestine and Rwanda. Debra was one of many passengers on the U.S. Boat to Gaza, The Audacity of Hope, who attempted to break Israel’s siege of Gaza. The principles that lead the U.S. to violate human beings are also destroying nature. Debra is developing multi-generational, multi-species reparations, learning how to shift death culture to life ecology.

The principles that lead the U.S. to violate human beings are destroying nature, thus ourselves. Debra is eager to develop multi-generational reparation, learning from those we’ve oppressed, how to shift death culture to life culture.

Nadya Raja a community organizer. She is active in the Islah Reparations Project having launched the Khaled Bakrawi Center for refugee communities in San Diego, and coordinated resource distribution in the Middle East. She is also a member of the Palestinian Youth Movement, and an education coordinator at Eye Witness Palestine. Nadya holds an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford and a BA in Anthropology and Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies from UC Santa Cruz.

Kali Rubaii is a cofounder of the Islah Reparations Project, and an assistant professor of Anthropology at Purdue University and a Chancellor’s postdoctoral fellow at University of California, Davis. She and Debra first started a reparations-based restorative justice project with Iraqi families in 2009. Her academic interests have focused on these questions: Where is violence located? What are the ethical obligations of witnesses to violence? Why and how does war end? And how do people live beautiful, ethical lives under conditions of destruction?

Cameron Zachreson is a co-founder of ISLAH. He resides in Australia, where he works as an academic in the fields of complex systems, social dynamics, and modelling. He has published in the areas of infectious disease dynamics, infrastructure networks, biological pattern formation, and material science.