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World Without Genocide Inc

  • Saint Paul, MN
  • www.worldwithoutgenocide.org

Mission Statement

World Without Genocide (World) 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.

Main Programs

  1. Summer Institute for Educators, Leaders, and Students
  2. The Benjamin B. Ferencz Fellowships in Human Rights and Law
  3. Tents of Witness: Genocide and Conflict
  4. Advocacy
  5. Documentaries
  6. Educational events
  7. Study trips to New York and Washington, DC
Service Areas

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National

World Without Genocide partners with local academic, faith, and civic institutions to educate about local and global human rights issues; advocate for human rights policies at the local, state, and national levels; and to build strong human rights leaders.

ruling year

2009

Executive Director

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Ms. Ellen J. Kennedy Ph.D.

Keywords

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genocide, human rights, crimes against humanity, atrocities

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EIN

26-3656688

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Human Rights (Q70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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We train and engage law students in human rights through law courses at William Mitchell College of Law and in Tel Aviv, Israel; Benjamin B. Ferencz Fellowships in Human Rights and Law; an annual study trip to New York and Washington, D.C. for students to meet world leaders and policy-makers; publication of two volumes of law students’ papers on genocide and the law; establishment of a student chapter at William Mitchell; and internships for law students through the Minnesota Justice Foundation.

We have had successful state and institutional legislative and policy achievements: targeted divestment from companies that support the genocidal Sudanese government; designation of every April as Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month; and passage of resolutions supporting economic policies to reduce conflict in Congo.

We have achieved national recognition for our support of the International Criminal Court by designation of the Executive Director as the Minnesota alliance leader to the American NGO Coalition for the Court, and through Fellows’ work to support US Senate ratification efforts; state recognition for our work from the Minnesota Governor in 2012 with a Certificate of Merit and in 2014 with the Minnesota Ethical Leadership Award. We have been recognized by many civic and professional organizations.

Our educational programs include a traveling exhibit, recipient of the 2012 Minnesota Ideal Open Award, and a documentary, nominated for a 2010 regional Emmy Award.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Summer Institute for Educators, Leaders, and Students

This annual program increases civic engagement with human rights and civil rights on local and global levels. Each summer the theme focuses on a different genocide or conflict and related human rights issues through education, service, advocacy, and the development of leadership skills. Programming engages students, community members, educators, and elected officials in critical public policy, giving participants access to civil society in action.

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International Human Rights

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Program 2

The Benjamin B. Ferencz Fellowships in Human Rights and Law

Law students are chosen annually to receive support to engage in human rights and policy development at state, national, and international levels. Current initiatives include raising awareness about the persecution of ethnic and religious minorities in Burma and Bhutan and supporting federal legislation to expand human rights in those countries; expanding policies to mitigate violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; preparing documents for US ratification of the International Criminal Court; and developing legislation in Minnesota to sanction Minnesota-licensed health-care professionals who are complicit with torture anywhere in the world

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International Human Rights

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Program 3

Tents of Witness: Genocide and Conflict

'Tents of Witness' is a traveling exhibit, comprised of ten large canvas tents similar to those used currently in some refugee camps, provides education about the causes and consequences of genocide and highlights challenges faced by diaspora communities today. ‘Action stations’ provide opportunities for viewers to learn about critical issues and to engage in human rights advocacy.

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International Human Rights

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Program 4

Advocacy

We advocate at the local, state, and national levels for human rights legislation, policies, and programs. Advocacy interests addressed include, but are not limited to: human trafficking, anti-torture regulations, conflict-free electronics purchasing, women's rights, support for international tribunals and the International Criminal Court, the rights of persecuted minority groups.

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International Human Rights

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Program 5

Documentaries

World Without Genocide has produced two documentaries with Twin Cities Public Television, 'Children of Genocide: Five Who Survived,' 2010 (nominated for a regional Emmy award), and 'Genocide Again: Darfur,' 2008. The documentaries are regularly broadcast on public television and have been distributed to 1,500 educators throughout the country. 'Starvation: A Weapon of Genocide,' planned for 2014, will be the third TPT documentary partnership.

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International Human Rights

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Program 6

Educational events

World Without Genocide offers educational opportunities for lawyers, law students, high school and college students, human rights advocates, and the general public. Many programs offer continuing education credits for people in various professions.

Scholars, lawyers, survivors and other experts educate about genocides and other mass killings and raise awareness about related crises such as child soldiers, torture, gender violence, resource-based conflicts, and human trafficking.

Programs emphasize ongoing efforts to end impunity through international tribunals and the International Criminal Court.

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International Human Rights

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Program 7

Study trips to New York and Washington, DC

For the past three years, we have coordinated study trips for law students to meet with leaders at the UN, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and other organizations to explore internships and careers in human rights law.

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International Human Rights

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    We have two goals: education and advocacy. Through education in all its forms (classes, films, workshops, exhibits, books, study tours, etc.) we develop an informed and engaged citizenry that advocates for human rights legislation and policies at local, state, national, and international levels.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our strategies include broad ‘reach’ to educational, faith, civic, governmental, professional, and other organizations to inform about genocides and mass killings in the past and those occurring today. All education is designed to generate support for critical laws and policies to prevent genocide and other forms of hate and discrimination, protect innocent people, prosecute perpetrators, and remember those whose lives and cultures have been affected by violence.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have educators, policy-makers, and elected officials on staff and on the board; we have dozens of law students who work on our advocacy agendas every year; and we partner with faith, educational, arts, human rights, civic, governmental, and other organizations to expand our geographic and demographic reach very broadly.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We evaluate progress using several metrics: numbers of important laws and policies implemented at city, state, and national levels through our direct initiation and support; numbers of law students who work on our initiatives annually; participation in our courses, continuing education programs, institutes, and other programs and subsequent positive evaluations by attendees; and recognition of our work by important leaders in the human rights and policy spheres.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Please see the first question about our effectiveness in reaching our goals. Areas for future progress include both education and advocacy: 1) We would like to replicate our summer institute for high school and college students in other regions of the country OR to expand student participation more widely in the program run in Minnesota; 2) We would like to expand the Ferencz Fellowship program by doubling or tripling both the number of students and their funding; 3) We want to expand our legislative agendas widely to other states, a process we have begun successfully in New Hampshire and Wisconsin; 4) We would like permanent representation in Washington, D.C. to better support key national legislation; 5) We would like greater opportunities to work in-country on critical work in places like Bhutan and Burma(Myanmar); we have begun to address ethnic conflicts in these areas through programs held in Minnesota and advocacy for bills at the national level, but we also have begun to work with law schools in both those countries. All of these efforts take added expertise, staff, and time.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

World Without Genocide partners with local academic, faith, and civic institutions to educate about local and global human rights issues; advocate for human rights policies at the local, state, and national levels; and to build strong human rights leaders.

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Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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World Without Genocide Inc

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Ellen J. Kennedy Ph.D.

BIO

Ellen J. Kennedy, Ph.D., is the founder and Executive Director of World Without Genocide, a human rights organization committed to protecting innocent people around the world; preventing genocide by combating racism and prejudice; advocating for the prosecution of perpetrators; and remembering those whose lives and cultures have been destroyed by violence.

World Without Genocide is located at William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Kennedy educates about the Holocaust, other genocides, and mass conflicts through programs and courses at colleges and universities, faith-based organizations, and civic groups. She advocates with elected officials at city, state, and national levels for efforts to enhance human rights.

She has received many awards for her work: Outstanding Citizen from the Anne Frank Center, Higher Education Leader of the Year from the National Society for Experiential Education, Outstanding Service Award from the Midwest Sociological Society, two awards from the University of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Women’s Press Change-maker award.

World Without Genocide received a Certificate of Merit from the State of Minnesota, Office of the Governor, for efforts to seek justice and to eliminate genocide around the globe.

Kennedy is an adjunct professor of law at William Mitchell College of Law and is the Minnesota representative to AMICC, a national organization that advocates for the International Criminal Court.

Kennedy received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Minnesota.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Jack Rendler

Amnesty International

Term: Jan 2011 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?