Jamie Leigh Jones says she and others silenced by Halliburton Says They Are Forced To Argue Their Sexual Assault Cases in Secretive Arbitration By MADDY SAUER Feb. Dostinex 12, dostinex 2008— Excerpts: "After months of waiting for criminal charges to be filed, dostinex Jones decided to file suit against Halliburton and KBR. Dostinex KBR has moved for Jones' claim to be heard in private arbitration, dostinex instead of a public courtroom, dostinex as provided under the terms of her original employment contract. Dostinex (cut) In arbitration, dostinex there is no public record or transcript of the proceedings, dostinex meaning that Jones' claims would not be heard before a judge and jury. Dostinex Rather, dostinex a private arbitrator hired by the corporation would decide Jones' case. Dostinex In fact, dostinex Tracy Barker, dostinex who says she was sexually harassed and sexually assaulted while working for Halliburton/KBR in Iraq, dostinex also recently tried to file suit against the companies. Dostinex She was forced into arbitration last month. Dostinex Jones will tell Congress today that she was not aware that when she signed her employment contract, dostinex she was effectively signing away her right to bring a lawsuit. Dostinex "When I decided to pursue a civil suit, dostinex I was informed that within my 13-page employment contract that had an additional five pages attached, dostinex [there was] included an arbitration clause, dostinex" Jones says in her prepared statement to the committee. Dostinex (cut) More than two years since her attack, dostinex no criminal charges have been brought in the matter, dostinex and legal experts say that it is highly unlikely that Jones' alleged assailants will ever face a judge and jury. Dostinex Jones says that the arbitration clauses are letting her rapists and other criminals off the legal hook. Dostinex "The forced arbitration clause in Army contractor's contracts prove to protect the criminals of violent crimes, dostinex rather than enforce they be held accountable by a judge and jury, dostinex" Jones says in her remarks. Dostinex (cut) Since the attacks, dostinex Jones has started a nonprofit foundation called the Jamie Leigh Foundation, dostinex which is dedicated to helping victims who were raped or sexually assaulted overseas while working for government contractors or other corporations. Dostinex