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Genocide Awareness Day: Justice Across Time

For centuries, the horrors of genocide have displaced families, communities and social groups. Since the Nuremburg Trials following World War II, multiple International Court Tribunals have been established following situations of genocide to provide justice for those affected by these atrocities. Yet, genocide persists, and justice can remain elusive.

On April 7th, join the American Red Cross as we host a panel discussion, Genocide Awareness Day: Justice Across Time. We will be joined by genocide survivors Claudine Kuradusenge, Niemat Ahmadi, Tung Yap and moderator Dr. Savon Tun (see biographies below) as they discuss their stories and issues pertaining to justice for genocide survivor communities.

For more resources on genocide awareness and prevention, please click here.

Please register to join the online event using the form below. On the day on the event, you can join the livestream by clicking here.

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Speaker and Moderator Bios

Neimat Ahmadi, Found and President, Darfur Women Action Group

Ms. Ahmadi, a native of North Darfur, is the founder and President of Darfur Women Action Group (DWAG), an organization dedicated to the empowerment of women affected by genocide. Ms. Ahmadi has a great deal of expertise on genocide prevention and crises in Sudan and the horn of Africa. She previously served as the Director of Global Partnerships for United to End Genocide; in this role she promoted greater outreach to civil society organizations throughout the world, particularly those representing the communities affected by genocide and mass atrocities. While at United to End Genocide she also served as a spokesperson, and represented the organization at regional and the international forums on genocide prevention and the crises in Sudan.

Prior to her work at United to End Genocide, Ms. Ahmadi worked for the Save Darfur Coalition as a member of the policy and government relation team for four years. She helped facilitate and promote collaboration between the coalition and the Sudanese diaspora within the United States and abroad to empower and amplify their voices. Ms. Ahmadi also served as the coalition’s spokesperson and represented the organization at regional and global forums on genocide prevention and the crises in Sudan which helped the coalition reach a global audience.

As an outspoken advocate about the grave human right abuses in the wake of the genocide and her assistance to the women affected by the genocide, Ms Ahmadi was harassed and threatened and eventually had to escape Sudan after two assassination attempts on her life.

Since then she has become a strong voice on genocide prevention and she has dedicated her life to speak on behalf of the people of Darfur, Sudan and all of the oppressed everywhere. Since arriving in the United States Ms. Ahmadi has traveled to more than 22 States between 2007- 2008 sharing her personal story and stories of many other victims of the Darfur genocide to educate the American people about the ongoing genocide. In July 2008 Ms. Ahmadi was recognized by former President George W. Bush as one of the 8 global human rights fighters for freedom. Ms. Ahmadi has contributed countless testimonies to the media in press conferences and direct interviews to highlight facts about the crises in Darfur. 

In 2009, she founded Darfur Women Action Group, the only women led anti-genocide organization that strives to empower women and the communities affected by genocide in Darfur to speak for themselves and to provide an opportunity for the international community to hear directly from the most affected. Ms. Ahmadi currently works on mobilizing the Sudanese Diaspora to organize, network and encourages them to create their own organizations and provides them with platforms for dialogue, advice and facilitation so that they can contribute to the lasting and peaceful settlement of Darfur and the multiple crises in Sudan.

Ms. Ahmadi earned an M.S. in Sustainable Development and a B.A. in Psychology and Pre-school Education, from Ahfad University for Women in Khartoum.

Claudine Kuradusenge, PhD Candidate, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University

Claudine Kuradusenge is a PhD student at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, studying Trauma as a form of identity formation, competing narratives, and Diasporic consciousness. Her upbringing, being a Rwandan genocide survivor, has led her to believe that non-violence activism and political participation are important ways to reconstruct the self and the other. Her academic research has focused on both the social activism of diaspora communities, particularly the Rwandan Hutu Diasporic communities, and the concept of Black consciousness in the US and Brazil. Her professional career has led her to work with refugee resettlement agencies and three NGOs based in the DMV and Belgium, Pan-Africanist organizations, trauma healing initiatives, traumatized youth, international students, and Conflict Resolution institutions.  


Dr. Sovan Tun, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Dr. Sovan Tun is presently working at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal agency in charge of investigating discrimination in employment.   Previously, he has worked at the U.S. Department of Treasury, at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, at the American Chemical Society, and at the University of Maryland.  Before he left Cambodia, he was a member of the National Economic Advisory Council of President Lon Nol of Khmer Republic.

As a volunteer, Dr. Sovan Tun is active in Buddhist affairs.  He is President of the Cambodian Buddhist Society, Inc. at a Temple in Silver Spring, Maryland.  He is Advisor to the International Buddhist Committee of Washington, DC area.  He is Vice President of the Washington DC Buddhist Network.  He is a founding member of the International Buddhist Association of America (IBAA).

Dr. Tun is active in working with leaders of other religious faiths.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the InterFaith Conference (IFC) of Metropolitan Washington.  He is a member of the Montgomery County Faith Community Advisory Council for Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett.  He is a member of the Pastoral Care of Washington Adventist Hospital in Montgomery County.  He led in June 2015 a delegation of Buddhists from Washington, DC to participate in a Buddhist-Catholic Dialogue at the Vatican on “Suffering, Liberation, and Fraternity” under call from Pope Francis.

Dr. Tun has participated in many activities which promote understanding and harmony among all ethnic groups.  He is Secretary and Board member of Global Peace Services USA.  He is a Commissioner of the Maryland Governor's Commission of Asian and Pacific American Affairs since 1998.  He is a member of the Asian and Pacific Islander Advisory Group for Maryland’s Montgomery County Executive since 1998.  He was a member of the Multi-Cultural Partnership Committee of NAACP.   He is a founding member of the Immigrant Empowerment Council (IEC) of the Washington Metropolitan Area and a founding member of the Asian American Political Alliance (AAPA) of Maryland. 

Dr. Sovan Tun received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Tennessee.  In Cambodia, he received his Licence-en-Droit (Law degree) from the Faculty of Law and Economic Sciences in Phnom Penh.

Tung Yap, President, Cambodian Americans for Human Rights and Democracy

Mr. Tung Yap is the president of the Cambodian Americans for Human Rights and Democracy (CAHRAD).  He is a member of the Advisory Council to Friends of Khmer Culture.  He had served as secretary and treasurer of the Cambodian Investment Group.  He had served the Cambodian American National Council in various capacities, including board secretary, vice president and as chairman of various committees.  He was also the chairman of the Campaign for Hope and Renewal of the Cambodian Association of Illinois (CAI), a campaign that had raised over a million dollars to build the first Cambodian American Heritage Museum and the Killing Field Memorial in Chicago.  He had served as the president of CAI for two two-year terms. 

Mr. Yap had served as a member of the Asian American Advisory Council to the Illinois State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka for more than six years and had helped Mayor Richard M. Daley of Chicago with the Year 2000 Millennium Celebration, a celebration that invited two ordinary citizens from every country as honor guests.

Mr. Yap earned his BS and MS in electrical and computer engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), and his MBA from the American University.  At present, he works as a consultant/software developer and lives in Northern Virginia.

The American Red Cross supports genocide-survivor communities across the United States through its Restoring Family Links program. The chaos and confusion of conflict often separates families, and the American Red Cross through the global Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is able to reconnect them. From survivors of the Holocaust to those who endured conflict in the Balkans and the Rwandan Genocide, the Red Cross is there to help alleviate human suffering by helping families and individuals learn the fate and/or whereabouts of their loved ones.

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Community Resilience: Evolving Perspectives and Approaches to Migration

Join the American Red Cross for our migration conference, Community Resilience: Evolving Perspectives and Approaches to Migration, on March 16, 2016. This event will bring together leading advocates, service providers and government actors to focus on strengthening and supporting the resilience of migrants and the communities in which they live. Keynote speakers include Shelly Pitterman, head of the UN Refugee Agency office in Washington, DC, and Walter Cotte, International Federation of the Red Cross Regional Director for the Americas. Panel discussion topics include migrant (re)integration, migrant mental health, protections for LGBT migrants, and migration policy challenges and opportunities.

Our Master of Ceremonies is Dr. Sarah Polk, MD, ScM, Medical Director with Johns Hopkins University and the Children's Medical Practice.

Conference Agenda

Opening Remarks (9:00-9:30am)
Harold Brooks, Senior Vice President, International Services of the American Red Cross
Mark Silverman, Deputy Head of Delegation, International Committee of the Red Cross

Opening Keynote Address (9:30-10:30am)
Shelly Pitterman, Regional Representative for the USA and Caribbean, UN Refugee Agency

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Morning Panels (10:45am-12:00pm)
Community Responses to Migrant (Re)Integration
Stacia Hines, Linkages to Learning
Emily Kephart, Kids in Need of Defense
Mauricio Paredes, Honduran Red Cross
Annie Wilson, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services

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Integrated Approaches to Addressing Mental Health Needs
Dr. Jodi Berger Cardoso, University of Houston
Marisa Chumil, The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights
Dr. Janell Routh, Office of Refugee Resettlement
Carl Takei, American Civil Liberties Union

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Lunch Presentation (12:15-1:00pm)
Melysa Sperber, Director, Alliance to End Slavery & Trafficking

Afternoon Panels (1:15-2:30pm)
Out from the Margins: Fostering LGBTI Migrant Inclusion
Alice Farmer, UN Refugee Agency
Neil Grungras, Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration
Aaron Morris, Immigration Equality
Andrew Lorenzen-Strait, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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Migration Policy Challenges and Opportunities
Mary Giovagnoli, US Department of Homeland Security
Jenny Johnson, Southern Border Community Coalition
Jennifer Podkul, Women's Refugee Commission

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Closing Keynote Address (2:45-3:45pm)
Walter Cotte, Regional Director, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

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Closing Remarks (3:45-4:00pm)

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Follow the conversation online using #MigrationMatters and #ProtectHumanity

Thank you for your interest in our conference. Registration for in-person participation is now closed. You can still register to participate online and receive updates regarding the livestream. If you have questions about participating in-person please contact our team at FamilyLinksOutreach@redcross.org.

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

November 25th marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. To learn more about the day of recognition and the work of the UN to protect women, please click here.

If you are interested in writing for the Restoring Family Links Blog on a topic related to this day of recognition, please contact Jon Dillon at jon.dillon@redcross.org.

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Convention on the Rights of the Child

November 20th marks the 25th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This year, UNICEF is releasing a report on the State of the World's Children to mark the event. To learn more about UNICEF's work to better the lives of children around the globe and how you can get involved in this year's celebration, please click here.

If you are interested in writing for the Restoring Family Links Blog about issues related to family reconnection and children, please contact Jon Dillon at jon.dillon@redcross.org.

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World Refugee Day

Each year on June 20th the United Nations and countless civic groups around the world celebrate World Refugee Day.

World Refugee Day was established by the United Nations to honor the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict and violence. 

World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day

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Restoring Family Links Outreach Workshop, Jacksonville, FL

Red Cross Restoring Family Links services help reconnect families separated internationally by war, disaster, and other humanitarian emergencies. Local American Red Cross caseworkers work directly with separated families to assist them in initiating cases to search for their loved ones as well as search within their own communities for separated families being sought by relatives overseas.

This interactive workshop is designed for Red Cross employees and volunteers who are interested in Restoring Family Links at a local level. Through this workshop participants will learn how to develop a local outreach plan to bring the Restoring Family Links program to the attention of potential partner organizations and increase awareness of the program within your local Red Cross chapter.

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Restoring Family Links Outreach Workshop, Boston, MA

The Boston Chapter is hosting a Restoring Family Links Outreach Workshop designed for persons working within the RFL program to gain an understanding of outreach and strategy planning.  This interactive workshop provides the framework for understanding outreach planning as well as providing an opportunity for people to create an outreach plan.  

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Restoring Family Links Caseworker Training, Jacksonville, FL

The Restoring Family Links course enables Red Cross caseworkers to more effectively deliver international Restoring Family Links casework services to clients who have been separated from family members in other countries. The training explains how Restoring Family Links services are global in scope and a core activity of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. 

Course participants will learn the skills and procedures to undertake when initiating Restoring Family Links inquiries, conducting searches for clients in their community, delivering Red Cross Messages and other family news, and also have the opportunity to work with through several case examples. The coursework and instructor facilitated discussions are supported by video and interactive activities.

Learn more about similar training opportunities by contacting your local American Red Cross Chapter.  


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