Pat Chaffee is a Dominican Sister. She has been active in human rights advocacy for thirty years. She visited the West Bank in 2006 and Gaza in 2009. In 2010 she participated in the aborted Gaza Freedom March, marooned in Cairo. Her motive for joining the flotilla is to tell the people of Gaza that she is opposed to her country's oppression. She is committed to nonviolence, under any circumstances.
27 Years of International Activism
Her portfolio is comprised of impressive 27-years of activism, starting in Nicaragua in 1984. Her most recent mission was intended to be sailing with the Second Freedom Flotilla to Gaza. All participants in this human rights mission however, were prevented from leaving Athens, Greece, their planned city of departure. S. Pat had first become familiar with the Palestinian situation in 2007 when she took the first of three trips to the region as a member of a Christian peace-making team. She met and spoke with Palestinians and experienced first-hand “what it meant to be occupied.”