iACT partners with advocacy groups, non-governmental organizations, and companies to build and advocate for a new community-based model of humanitarian action.
iACT is a co-founder of Act for Sudan, an alliance of American citizen activists and Sudanese U.S. residents who advocate for an end to genocide and mass atrocities in Sudan. Act for Sudan is dedicated to advocacy that is directly informed by the situation on the ground and by Sudanese people who urgently seek protection, justice, and peace.
iACT and the Enough Project have partnered on both U.S.-based education campaigns and programs that benefit the Darfuri refugees in eastern Chad, including the Darfur Dream Team Sister School Program, which connected U.S. schools to schools in refugee camp Djabal in order to inspire action and primary school support. The Enough Project seeks to build leverage for peace and justice in Africa by helping to create real consequences for the perpetrators and facilitators of genocide and other mass atrocities.
iACT works directly with Jesuit Refugee Service in refugee camps and sites in Central Africa. Specifically, we partner to support and expand Little Ripples and the Refugees United Soccer Academy. The mission of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is to accompany, serve, and advocate for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons.
iACT and Jewish World Watch began at the same time, at the onset of the Darfur genocide. We are both based in Los Angeles and regularly partner on local and national education and action campaigns. Jewish World Watch directly supports Little Ripples and the Little Ripples meal program. Jewish World Watch works to end genocide and mass atrocities worldwide by educating and mobilizing individuals, advocating for policy changes, and funding projects to support and build resilience in conflict-affected communities.
InsightLA is iACT’s mindfulness compass. Founder Trudy Goodman and several key staff members develop and foster elements of the mindfulness practice across iACT programs. InsightLA is dedicated to bringing the deep joy and peace of mindfulness and compassion to people everywhere. InsightLA’s commitment is to provide a warm, supportive learning environment, fostering mindfulness and compassion in all our relationships – with ourselves, with others, and with our world.
My Escuelita: Spanish for Kids collaborated on and piloted Global Citizens, an iACT education and empathy program for U.S.-based preschool-age children. My Escuelita’s mission is to teach Spanish to children through play and interaction, by means of a variety of multi-sensory materials and activities such as songs, stories, and arts and crafts, in a fun, stimulating, and encouraging environment that fosters fluency and language development and exposes children to traditional music, literature, games, themes, and Latin American traditions.
The University of Wisconsin Survey Center (UWSC) creates the baseline and ongoing assessment tools used by iACT to evaluate Little Ripples in the refugee camps. For over 20 years, UWSC has provided a broad range of high-quality survey research services to the UW community, governmental agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. UWSC helps design and implement all components of a survey, ranging from questionnaire design and layout to data collection to report-writing and analysis.
The most important objective of AgainstAtrocity.org is the teaching of empathy to children in conflict and asylum areas, so that the violence they have observed is not repeated.
By creating links to the most important organizations working in these areas, as well as to reporting what Global Thought Leaders and teachers are currently suggesting as remedies, we hope to make some small progress in a world where we have “caveman” emotions and nuclear weapons.
ORGANIZATIONS AND COALITIONS
iACT is a part of several coalitions and working groups including the Sudan and South Sudan Working Group, Peace and Protection Working Group, Coalition for the International Criminal Court, Human Rights Educators Associates, Center for Nonprofit Management, International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect, Association for Childhood Education International Children’s Rights SIF, California Association of Nonprofits and the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies.