DynCorp International team members recently spent time on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., meeting with several members of Congress and sharing their stories about DI’s programs all over the world. Beth Cameron, a mentor on the Afghan Ministry of Interior Afghan National Police Development Program (AMDP), teamed up with DI’s Government Relations Center of Excellence to discuss her experiences working in Afghanistan.
Cameron met with Senators Jack Reed of Rhode Island, Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, as well as Representatives Renee Ellmers of North Carolina, Jim Langevin of Rhode Island, Martha Roby of Alabama and Joe Courtney of Connecticut. Meetings were also held with professional staff from each of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees.
Mentoring in Afghanistan
As a mentor on the AMDP program, Cameron worked as an international police advisor working directly with the Afghanistan Family Response Unit and the Women’s Police Training Corps. She was able to share her perspective on the role of women working within the Afghanistan National Police, and the success of the Family Response Unit in combating violence against women.
Working in Afghanistan provided Cameron and other DI team members with unique opportunities to provide humanitarian assistance directly to women and children within the local community through donations of clothing, school supplies and other essential items.
“The most rewarding part of my work was to witness the many successes of Afghan women. No matter how small the accomplishment, whether it was advancing their literacy or to attend and graduate training classes, each step forward in progress was a miracle to be a part of,” said Cameron.
“The women who graduated the police training program were and continue to be a very crucial part of the advancement of women towards equality and securing women’s rights. They serve as role models for the young women who most symbolize the future of how women are accepted. It was truly a humbling experience for me to have the incredible opportunity to work with and provide training for them.”
Cameron also described the importance of continued support of training programs overseas, commenting, “The continued support of these programs would not only provide continuity and consistency, but further address the ever-changing needs of societies that face such overwhelming adversities.”
DynCorp International and the AMDP Program
Under the AMDP contract with the U.S. Army, DI assists the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (NTM-A/CSTC-A) by providing training and mentoring services for the Afghanistan Ministry of Interior and Afghan National Police.