Mike Brand is a Program Assistant at Saferworld in their Washington, DC office where he advocates for sustainable approaches to conflict prevention and mitigation. He has over eight years’ experience working in advocacy, organizing, and informal education for NGOs in both the US and Rwanda. Mike first got involved in the anti-genocide movement in college after doing research on the Rwandan genocide and then
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.
Cynthia has been a decorative artist and owner of Cynthia Davis Designs and WalloversTM since 1994. She first became interested in genocide prevention through her childrens’ work in high school with STAND, a student run ant-genocide group. She became the advisor to her daughter’s high school STAND club in 2008 which led her to meeting one of the “Lost Boys”, Gabriel Bol Deng. She
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.