World Without Genocide provides education to raise awareness about past and current conflicts and advocacy at the local, state, and national levels for policies and legislation to protect innocent people, prevent genocide, prosecute perpetrators, and remember those whose lives have been affected by genocide.
Impact and Programs
In 2013, World reached approximately 2,000 through public educational events including institutes, workshops, film screenings, and talks; an additional 3,000 people in events held in connection with partnering organizations; and an audience of over 4,000 people for the ‘Tents of Witness: Genocide and Conflict’ exhibit, for a total direct audience of 9,000 people. Continuing education credits are offered for lawyers and educators at most events.
Programming took place in 82 different venues throughout the state of Minnesota and in New Hampshire, Florida, and Iowa. Educational materials are used in schools and human rights programming throughout the country.
The two documentary films made in partnership with Twin Cities Public Television (TPT), “Genocide Again: Darfur” and “Children of Genocide: Five Who Survived” (nominated for a regional Emmy award) are shown multiple times annually on all TPT-affiliated stations.
Nearly 1,500 people are reached regularly by social media websites daily, 2,600 people receive bi-weekly email updates, and approximately 23,000 people view World’s website monthly.
We had successful legislation passed at the state level (Genocide Awareness and Prevention bill), at the city level (designation of April as Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month in the city of Rochester, MN), and at the Minnesota State Bar Association (conflict-free minerals resolution).
We have initiated a partnership with Whittier College of Law’s study-abroad program at Bar Ilan University, Israel, for William Mitchell College of Law.
1. To secure funding for another documentary with Twin Cities Public Television, to address starvation as a tool of genocide;
2. To expand study tours to include Europe and to design more in-depth programming for the new study program in Israel;
3. To initiate a program of international scope to recognize rescuers and prosecutors of genocides since the Holocaust;
4. To expand current institutes for high school and college students to include youth from throughout the United States;
5. To secure passage of the conflict-free minerals bill in the state of Minnesota and to introduce legislation in other states to designate April as Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month;
6. To introduce an anti-torture bill in the state of Minnesota;
7. To finalize materials for support of ratification of the International Criminal Court, a project designated to World Without Genocide by the American Coalition for the International Criminal Court;
8. To continue efforts to address the current conflicts in Burma, Congo, and Central African Republic through national legislation.
Community or Constituency Served
World Without Genocide serves high school, college, graduate, and law students; educators and academics; lawyers, police officers, and other professionals in the criminal justice community; refugees and immigrants; and members of the faith, human rights, educational and civic communities in addition to the general public.
Geographic Area Served
World Without Genocide is located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Most of our direct programming through courses, exhibits, workshops, etc. occurs in the Upper Midwest but we have a national reach through lectures and presentations at conferences and special events and through use of our educational materials and documentary films. Our advocacy and policy initiatives address local, state, national and international levels, including supporting work for the International Criminal Court and advocacy for critical United Nations resolutions and conventions.