Stop Genocide Now (SGN) seeks to change the way the world responds to genocide by putting a face to the numbers of dead, dying and displaced. SGN is a grassroots community dedicated to working to protect populations in grave danger of violence, death and displacement resulting from genocide/mass atrocities.
Through active education, advocacy and policy change SGN resolves to change the way the world responds to genocide/mass atrocities. SGN is focused on creating awareness and action to stop the various atrocities occurring around the globe and finding an appropriate solution to their resolution. .
All of our projects focus on and utilize the strength of grassroots connectivity.
- Active Education: To educate the public about genocide/mass atrocities through innovative, interactive events and media designed to bring them closer to crimes being committed as well as help them realize their own power to stop those crimes.
To educate about genocides/mass atrocities through innovative, interactive events and media designed to bring them closer to the crimes being committed and those affected.
- Advocacy: To support and guide citizens toward practical actions that results in large, seemingly impracticable change.
- Use of technology and social media to create an interconnected global community
- Emphasize interactive education and personal relationships to empower citizens to take action
- Provide and support tools and actions for grassroots advocacy that creates policy change
- Facilitate avenues for the voice of the displaced to reach the world
Stop Genocide Now is a global community of dedicated individuals who share the common goal of protecting populations threatened by genocide and mass atrocities.
Our pioneering campaigns aim to break the silence surrounding the crime and pave the way for a new age that lives up to the refrain, “never again.” We believe in the importance of enabling interaction between supporters and genocide victims. All our creative campaigns are uniquely interactive and educational.
We strive to show the world that there is no wall between victims and activists. We show how every person, no matter their background, can stop genocide.
Stop Genocide Now consists completely of volunteers. We came together as individuals who care about the world to change the way the we respond to genocide, and to the atrocities experienced by our friends in the camps. We are just like you: parents, sisters, brothers, full-time employees, techies and non-techies alike who believe that our voices can stir political will to take action. Join us, we are all on the same team.
- Gabriel Stauring is Co-founder and Director of StopGenocideNow.org. He has worked as a Family Consultant, providing in-home therapy for abused children and their families. He graduated from California State University at Dominguez Hills with a major in Behavioral Science. Gabriel became involved in the Darfur Genocide cause out of a sense of personal responsibility. He believes in the power of community and compassion, combined with personal empowerment, to bring about meaningful, positive change. Gabriel lives in Hermosa Beach, CA with his two children. Some of the campaigns initiated and/or led by Gabriel include the 100-Day Fast for Darfur, 100,000 postcards to legislators, Darfur Freedom Summer Vigils, Camp Darfur, Darfur Fast for Life, and i-ACT, Sudan Sham Elections, and This is Darfur among many other grassroots actions and presentations. He has visited the refugee camps on the Chad-Darfur border ten times.
- Katie-Jay Scott is a community organizer who has worked with NGOs and grassroots communities abroad and across the United States. She graduated from Portland State University (OR) with a BA in Sociology and a focus on Community Development. KTJ learned of the genocide in Darfur in April 2005 through the American Jewish World Service and co-founded the Portland Coalition for Genocide Awareness with other grassroots activists in November 2005. She joined the SGN team in June 2007. She has visited the Chad-Darfur border region six times and coordinated several SGN campaigns and i-ACT partnerships. She currently lives in Hermosa Beach, CA and works to bring the voices of refugees to the world conscience. Her motto is: Activate. Educate. Empower.
- Stacey Martino is from Philadelphia and currently resides in LA. She is a proud member of the SGN team who stands in awe of those she works with on the team. She is a partner Whole World Baby, a business dedicated to creating a world that works for all children and currently in post production for a documentary called The Gift of Peace about the efforts to establish a US Department of Peace and Nonviolence. Stacey tours a true story solo performance about homelessness and is preparing her next show, Refuge about upstanders in the face of genocide to benefit the work of Stop Genocide Now. Stacey’s’work includes writing, performing and teaching but her most important job is being a mother to her daughter, Ava Francisca Rivera who inspires her to never forget the children of Darfur.
- James Thacher is a graphic and web designer living in Brooklyn. He helps SGN and its various affiliates develop and strengthen their message through multimedia and interactive projects. He is also a video and media artist.
- Yuen-Lin Tan joined the i-ACT team in 2005, answering founder Gabriel Stauring’s call for assistance with the technological aspects of the first i-ACT mission to Chad. Since then, he has continued to support the team on technical and non-technical issues. Yuen-Lin has made two trips to Chad, in 2007 and 2009. Spending time in person with the refugees from Darfur, these trips moved him immensely and deepened his commitment to helping them. Since 2007, Yuen-Lin has been developing Commkit, a system that will allow refugees based in Chad to communicate directly with others around the world. On World Refugee Day 2009, Yuen-Lin, the i-ACT team and partner organizations UNHCR and VSee connected audiences around the world with the refugees in Chad through an interactive live webcast. Yuen-Lin believes that many of the world’s problems stem from a lack of understanding and friendship between people, and that i-ACT is a powerful agent of change in this regard. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. He grew up in Malaysia, and is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
- Eric Angel is a software engineer that holds a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Davis. His M.S. thesis involved research in human perception of spatial sound and hands-on work with audio recording systems. In college he also studied image processing, and after graduating he was a Lecturer for an upper-division Electrical Engineering class at U.C.Davis. For the past 6 years he has lived and worked in Los Angeles. In June of 2009 he traveled as a member of the i-ACT team to the refugee camps for Darfuris in Chad. He ran the on-site technical operations for several live video conferences from within a refugee camp on the trip. This included a live link with a UNHCR World Refugee Day event for VIP’s in Washington D.C. and a 5 hour long live video feed that was viewed by people from around the world on a UNHCR website as it was happening. Eric also has experience with web design, audio processing, and video editing in Final Cut. Eric works with SGN because he deeply believes that technology has the ability to create links between people from different communities and cultures to solve some of the world’s worst human rights violations.
- Ian Harrington joined the i-ACT field team for World Refugee Day events and brings his creative video editing to the team. He edits videos that bring together pop culture and the voice of the Darfur refugee to inspire and empower citizens to act.
- Rachel Veerman is an active member of StopGenocideNow.org. Her main focus is to teach others that by taking action, one individual can make a difference. Rachel has over 20 years of administrative background and is enthusiastic to share her knowledge to help SGN.org be successful in all their endeavors. Currently she works at the UCLA School of Public Health as a Sr. Public Administrative Analyst.