Who is i-ACT?
i-ACT empowers individuals within communities, institutions, and governments to take personal responsibility to act on behalf of those affected by genocide, mass atrocities, and crimes against humanity. i-ACT is a global team dedicated to putting a face on the numbers of dead, dying, and displaced while creating mutually enriching relationships between those in danger and those willing and able to act, fostering a new culture of participation.
i-ACT, a South Bay-based grassroots organization, combines innovative technology with personal connection to help victims of mass atrocities and crimes against humanity. i-ACT goes beyond reporting on the current situation of victimized populations by putting a face and a voice to the numbers, creating a venue for advocacy and on-the-ground change.
i-ACT officially became an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2009. Previously, it had existed as a portion of Stop Genocide Now, which was founded in 2005 by Gabriel Stauring and Rachel Veerman. The two organizations branched off into separate directions as i-ACT became involved in more projects focused on humanitarian aid, education, and technology. i-ACT is the only group from the United States that consistently returns to the Darfuri refugee camps in Eastern Chad, and is widely acknowledged as the expert organization.
i-ACT is now a team of five full-time staff members and 15 active volunteers from all walks of life – including community organizers, software engineers, psychologists, filmmakers, writers, and graphic artists. You can meet a few of our team members here.
- Visiting the refugee camps in Eastern Chad 16 times since 2005. The personal relationships with the refugees is i-ACT’s most treasured accomplishment. i-ACT has friends in camps Djabal, Goz Amer, Kounoungo, Mile, Oure Cassoni, and Farchana.
- Facilitating the Darfur United men’s team participation in the 2012 Viva World Cup for nationaless people in Iraqi Kurdistan.
- Launching the Little Ripples Pilot Project for refugee children aged 3-6 which provides early childhood education, peace-building and trauma recovery for refugees in Camp Goz Amer.
- Partnering with Darfur Dream Team to improve the quality of education, build schools in the camps, and ensure that funds are utilized to make on-the-ground improvements such as putting desks, materials, and floors in classrooms – and roofs on top.
- Installing three CommKits (a backpack that includes a laptop, satellite modem, camera, and solar-powered and generator charging unit) in Camps Djabal and Goz Amer, and developing a unique social network connecting refugee schools to students in the United States.
- Facilitating conversations between the refugees and powerful advocates such as The Nobel Women’s Initiative, John Prendergast, and celebrity humanitarians Mia Farrow and Angelina Jolie. i-ACT is the only organization to hold live-streamed events from a Darfuri refugee camp, including a 4-hour World Refugee Day event, School Assembly, and Town Hall.
- Taking Camp Darfur and MY HOME exhibits to hundreds of locations throughout the United States to engage and educate people about Darfur and Sudan.
- Building the world’s largest resource of documentary footage of Darfuri refugees, and providing it for use to advocates, educators, documentarists, and students around the world.
Meet the i-ACT Team here
Download a profile of our Board of Directors here
Learn more about i-ACT’s financials here.