International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

World Without Genocide Inc

Saint Paul, MN


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.

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Executive Director

Ms. Ellen J. Kennedy Ph.D.

Main Address

875 Summit Ave

Saint Paul, MN 55105 USA


genocide, human rights, crimes against humanity, atrocities





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Human Rights (Q70)

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Summer Institute for Educators, Leaders, and Students

The Benjamin B. Ferencz Fellowships in Human Rights and Law

Tents of Witness: Genocide and Conflict



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Study trips to New York and Washington, DC

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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World Without Genocide Inc

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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