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Theary Seng was born in Phnom Penh in January 1971.  Under the Khmer Rouge, she lived in Svay Rieng province bordering Vietnam, where the killings were most intense and where she spent five months in prison. The Khmer Rouge killed both her parents. In November 1979, at the age of eight, she and her surviving family trekked across the border for Thailand and emigrated to the U.S. one year later (first settling in Grand Rapids, MI with the support of a local CRC church).  Theary graduated from Georgetown University’s school of Foreign Service with a BS in International Politics and received a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School.  Theary returned to Cambodia in 2004 and is the founder and board president of the Center for Justice & Reconciliation.  She wrote a book about her life entitled Daughter of the Killing Fields and is currently working on a second book.

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