Our first ever West Coast atrocities prevention summit was held at the University of Southern California April 1 & 2, 2017.
Topics addressed included: Is preventing genocide and mass atrocities an achievable goal in the 21st century? How will the new Trump administration and changing digital strategies impact the achievement of this goal? How can you become a social change-maker in your community?
We explored these questions and more at the weekend-long conference featuring expert panels, film screenings, and advocacy workshops to learn how to move from rhetoric to real action when it comes to preventing mass atrocities. We also discussed how to take action.
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David Kaye (keynote), UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Director, International Justice Clinic, University of California Irvine
Mike Brand, Director of Advocacy and Programs, Jewish World Watch
Mac Hamilton, Executive Manager at STAND: The Student-led Movement to End Mass Atrocities
Savannah Wooten, Student Director, STAND
David Estrin, Founding Director, Together We Remember
Sally Smith, Executive Director, The Nexus Fund
Gabriel Stauring, Founding Executive Director, iACT
Katie-Jay Scott Stauring, Chief Operating Officer, iACT
- The conference will start with an introductory session on genocide and mass atrocities with media and a short discussion (to set the stage for the rest of the conference).
- Breakout sessions on various conflict areas will allow participants to choose two of the four areas they want to learn more about. Topics include: Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, and Myanmar (Burma).
- A plenary session on where the atrocities prevention movement has come from and where we are going. An overview of some major milestones and some challenges and opportunities ahead.
- Advocacy and organizing training that will teach participants some best practices and ways to get further involved.
- A film screening on the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and a panel discussion/Q&A after.
- Participants will choose two breakout sessions on the following topics: US government engagement in atrocities prevention, humanitarian assistance and displacement, and emerging media and technology in conflict.
- Guided networking and program planning for different communities, making connections between program participants based on areas of interest and/or geographic location.
- A keynote address
- Wrap up