Who We Are

About Us


We are Independent Scholars, Human Right Educators & Defenders, and Grassroot Supporters 

Our work includes: Defense of Human Rights in cases of Non-State Torture, International Human Rights Education, Speaking, Consulting, Research, Activism, Writing, and Listening to those who have survived atrocity.

Linda MacDonald, MEd, BN, RN

Linda MacDonald, MEd, BN, RN

I was born in Charlottetown, P.E.I,  Canada into a family of domestic violence and have worked very hard to free my-Self from the effects of such trauma. I am married and have three adult children, one son and two daughters, in that order. Besides my activist work I have worked as a hospital based nurse, community health nurse and now as a home care coordinator. I love to travel, try different foods, watch movies and documentaries and have a good laugh. My dream is to live long enough to see society become truly aware of how prevalent relational violence is and to be part of helping towards preventing such harm. People ask me why I do the human rights work that I do and my answer is when I was 7 years old I learned about the reality of the Holocaust and told my-Self then if I ever came across atrocities I would not walk away. So here I am standing to have NST recognized as a crime and human rights violation.

Jeanne Sarson, MEd, BScN, RN

Jeanne Sarson, MEd, BScN, RN

I was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and am of Acadian-Metis descent. I only knew my father as an extremely violent and misogynistic man. My mother, was a pioneer woman in that she moved out of the social norm of the time and became a single mother raising my younger brother and me. Following my nursing education, I nursed in St. John, New Brunswick then moved to Inuvik, Northwest Terrorities, where I married. My partner and I honeymooned on Hershel Island, in the Beaufort Sea, which was inhabited temporarily by three Inuit families. Our twin sons were born in Whitehorse, Yukon. In total, my partner and I spent 11 years working and living all across the Canadian Arctic, eventually moving back to Nova Scotia. My family has enlarged to include one grandson. I enjoy travelling, gardening, and express my creativity writing about NST with the 'dream' that one day I will see the world embrace the elimination of all forms of relational violence including NST. 

Nursing Awards and Nominations

In 2013, The College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia selected Linda for the Excellence in Nursing Clinical Practice Award.

In 2003, we were nominated for the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia Client/Public Health Advocacy Award in recognition for our education and activism advocating for recognizing the human rights violation of ritual abuse-torture, a form of non-State torture.

In 1998, Linda and Jeanne were nominated for the Registered Nurses Association of Nova Scotia Client/Public Health Advocacy Award for our work with the Anaphylaxis Support Group and in creating safe environments in schools.

In 1991, the Registered Nurses Association of Nova Scotia presented Jeanne with the Excellence in Nursing Practice Award.

How have we stayed with this work so long?

We go to sleep each night knowing that there are babies being born into this world forced to live the reality of daily torture and suffering, and that these infants and children have no one to speak for them. We stay with the issue of non-State torture for them—the wee ones.