Preventing Mass Atrocities: From Rhetoric to Reality


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Is preventing genocide and mass atrocities an achievable goal in the 21st century? How will the new administration and changing digital strategies impact the achievement of this goal? How can you become a social change-maker in your community?

Come explore these questions and more at this 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. 

Learn about ongoing mass atrocities throughout the world and how the US government can play a better role in preventing atrocities. And most importantly: how you can take action. Connect with other passionate community leaders and activists working to protect human rights in the U.S. and abroad.


David Kaye (keynote), Director, International Justice Clinic, University of California Irvine, UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression
Mike Brand, Director of Advocacy and Programs, Jewish World Watch
Mac Hamilton, ‎Executive Manager, STAND: The Student-led Movement to End Mass Atrocities
Savannah Wooten, Student Director, STAND
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


$15 for students / $35 all others. Schedule & USC meeting room details provided to registrants. Meals and materials included in the admission fee.


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  • April 01, 2017 at 9pm – April 03, 2017
  • University of Southern California
    3551 Trousdale Pkwy
    Los Angeles, CA 90089
    United States
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