Mike Brand is a human rights, conflict prevention, and peacebuilding professional with over a decade of experience in policy, advocacy, organizing, and informal education. Throughout his career, Mike has worked for various NGOs in the US, Rwanda and South Sudan, and has done fieldwork in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda. Mike supports civil society organizations and diaspora networks in developing and achieving
Laura E. Collins has practiced law since 2005 with a non-profit organization providing free, civil legal services to low-income people on cases affecting their basic needs. She was made aware of the genocide in Sudan while studying International Human Rights Law in Italy with Richard Goldstone. Laura has educated attorneys, college students and business leaders on issues of International Public Law and Business Ethics.
Throughout her career Cynthia has volunteered for area organizations including; Operation Hope, The Bridgeport Rescue Mission, Habitat for Humanity, The Burroughs Community Center of Bridgeport and The Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants. She has served as a board member for the Trumbull Academic Challenge for Excellence (ACE Foundation), an organization that supports the academic and social Justice clubs at Trumbull High School. She has
Martina Knee is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition. She is a co-founder of Act for Sudan, an alliance of American citizen activists and Sudanese U.S. residents who advocate for an end to genocide and mass atrocities in Sudan. She is a co-chair of the portfolio for International Human Rights of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs Task Force
Laura Allen is a doctoral candidate in Physical Oceanography, focusing on Polar Programs in Antarctica. Laura acted as the Director of Defend Darfur-Dallas. In conjunction with the Dallas Holocaust Museum, the Dallas Peace Center, Southern Methodist University’s Human Rights Program, Art for Darfur, and area STAND chapters, Laura has worked towards educating the people of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area on the crisis in Darfur.
Njeru Nthigah is an entrepreneur and a devoted human rights activist. He first became interested in helping to end any current and/or prevent any possible future genocide after learning about the Rwanda atrocities. Over the years, he has actively been involved in anti-genocide activism including writing letters and participating in petition campaigns targeting the White House, US Congress and the United Nations. Njeru used
Joshua Schreier grew up near Hartford, CT and graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2007 where he now works as an Academic Assistant. He is currently the Media Relations Representative at the Connecticut Coalition to Save Darfur, a member of the Genocide Intervention Network, and an active organizer and advocate for human rights. Josh first became interested in working to prevent genocide around
Azra Smailkadic-Brkic was born and raised in Bosnia and Herzegovina, republic of the former Yugoslavia. The war and genocide in Bosnia (1992-1995) and its aftermath have fostered her strong interest in genocide prevention, conflict management, peace building, and human rights. Azra holds a Master’s Degree in Human Rights from the University of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and University of Bologna (Italy). Her thesis entitled
Mark Turbak has also been heavily involved with a number of international human rights organizations in the Twin Cities including Amnesty International, American Refugee Committee, and the Center for Victims of Torture.