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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.

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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.