Deborah Jones has been selected as a Carl Wilkens Fellow with the Genocide Intervention Network. Genocide Intervention Network’s mission is to empower individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide.
Over a half-century ago, the international community pledged “never again” to allow genocide to occur. Repeated failure to keep that promise (in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and now Darfur) sparked the creation of Genocide Intervention Network. Genocide Intervention Network envisions a world without genocide where all human beings live free from widespread, intentional and systematic violence.
Within this framework, the Carl Wilkens Fellowship (CWF) Program trains emerging leaders across the United States to build lasting networks of citizens empowered to protect civilians, stop perpetrators, and hold policy-makers accountable. As part of the Program, Fellows receive training in leadership development, community outreach and coalition building, legislative action, media outreach, and fundraising. Thousands in the international community are asking what they can do to stop genocide, and, by developing the capacity of individual citizen leaders and communities to respond to situations of egregious violence across the globe, the Carl Wilkens Fellowship and Genocide Intervention Network are answering.
Deborah is the President and co-founder of Save Darfur Washington State (SDWS). Over the past four and a half years, Deborah has worked with a coalition of community organizations and individuals throughout the state of Washington to educate and raise awareness of the ongoing genocide in Darfur. Deborah, through SDWS, has cosponsored programs with the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center, Human Rights Watch, area STAND chapters and Darfur clubs; conducted speaker trainings and coordinated Darfur presentations for schools, universities, community groups and public events. Deborah plans to use her Carl Wilkens Fellowship to work on a strategic plan to bring other anti-genocide groups in Washington State together to continue to inform and educate communities, lobby legislators and the administration, raise funds, and flood the media with information on genocides taking place.
If you are a member of the press and are interested in contacting Deborah, you may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Carl Wilkens Fellowship (CWF) Program, please contact Jessica Reveri at email@example.com. For more information about the organization, please visit www.genocideintervention.net.