Area of Focus: Central/East Africa, conflict, human rights, Mass Atrocities Prevention, Peace Building, post-conflict, South Sudan, Sudan, transitional justice, U.S. foreign policy
Location: Washington D.C.
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 learning about the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. Mike has volunteered in Rwanda working with secondary schools and youth groups to educate youth about human rights and how human rights can be used to combat genocide ideology. He also spent a year volunteering at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village and has led a group of students from American University to Rwanda on a cross-cultural learning program. Mike is currently finishing up a Master’s degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University’s School of International Service where he is concentrating in mass atrocities prevention, human rights, and Africa. Mike also holds BAs in History and Political Science from the University of Connecticut.