Who We Are

Jasmine Araujo is an abolitionist, writer, and organizer who has been living in New Orleans and NYC for the last seven years. Jasmine and other community organizers in her area began delivering mutual aid to the unhoused early on in the Covid-19 pandemic. That effort turned into Southern Solidarity, a grassroots, community-based group of volunteers who organize the delivery of food, medical resources, and basic needs directly to the unhoused in the downtown area of New Orleans.

Ross Caputi teamed up with Cam, Kali, and Debra in 2013. His experience as a Marine who participated in the second siege of Fallujah led him to the anti-war movement. Ross’s activism thus far has focused on the idea that American veterans not only have a moral obligation to help the people that they hurt in U.S. wars and occupations, but also to renounce their privileged status as heroes in American society. He is the Director of the documentary film Fear Not the Path of Truth (2013), 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, which attempted to break Israel’s siege of Gaza. She believes that the principles that lead the U.S. to violate human beings are also destroying nature. Debra is eager to develop multi-generational, multi-species reparations, learning from those we’ve oppressed how to shift death culture to life culture.

Nadya Raja is 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, 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?

Jay Visbal has partnered with displaced students in Palestine and Jordan exploring the ethical quandaries created by endless war and has coordinated reparations distributions in Jordan and Iraq. He studies environmental health at Emory Rollins School of Public Health. His research looks at how environmental perturbations, such as toxicants or stress can alter gene expression during sensitive prenatal development, ultimately leading to adverse health outcomes.

Cameron Zachreson is a co-founder of the Islah Reparations Project. 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.