Chief advocate for American diplomatic families and victims of state-sponsored terrorism

On August 7, 1998, the Al Qaeda bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya killed my father, Julian L. Bartley, and my brother, Julian L. Bartley, Jr. My father, the Consul General, was a career diplomat, a patriot, and a natural bridge builder dedicated to advancing and protecting America’s interests abroad. My brother, a college student who was also working at the embassy that summer, was only 20.

Edith speaking at AFSA.

My parents taught me to speak up and speak out – to advocate for others and against injustice. For more than 20 years, I have advocated on behalf of the families of the victims of that attack, as well as the nearly simultaneous attack on the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania. These bombings were the precursor to 9/11. My life’s work ensures those families are not forgotten, and that our nation properly recognizes their service and protects our dedicated diplomatic corps from future attacks.

I lost half my family in a terrorist attack. Forging something positive from that tragedy and helping others has become my mission.


Edith shared her story of diplomacy and justice at the University of Dayton in October 2017.


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