Attorney Greg Meier Hosts World Renowned Humanitarian Carl Wilkens

By ShuffieldLowman
Oct. 9, 2013
Greg Meier

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – The law firm of ShuffieldLowman recently hosted world renowned humanitarian, author and international speaker Carl Wilkens, and his wife Teresa, at a private event held at the firm on September 18. The firm's reception and book signing was part of a series of events held from September 12-21, during Valencia College’s Peace and Justice Initiative's Peace Week. The annual Peace Week program is supported by a grant from the Public Education for Peacebuilding Support Initiative from the U.S. Institute of Peace, with a matching grant by the law firm of ShuffieldLowman Attorneys & Advisors. ShuffieldLowman partner, Gregory W. Meier, is a member of the Valencia College Peace and Justice Initiative Advisory Board.

Carl Wilkens is the former head of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency International, and the current director of a Seattle-based educational nonprofit, World Outside My Shoes. As a humanitarian aid worker, Wilkens moved his young family to Rwanda in the spring of 1990. When the genocide that eventually took more than 800,000 lives began four years later, Wilkens refused to leave, even when urged to do so by close friends, his church and the U.S. government. Wilkens was the only American to remain in Kigali, the capital city. Venturing out each day into streets crackling with mortars and gunfire, he worked his way through roadblocks of angry, bloodstained soldiers and civilians armed with machetes and assault rifles so that he could bring food, water and medicine to groups of orphans trapped around the city. His actions saved the lives of hundreds.

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