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Genocide Watch is the Founder and Coordinator of the Alliance Against Genocide. Our team manages and coordinates alliance operations, member recruitment, and member relations.

Alliance

Coordinating Team

Lauren Salim

Manager, Alliance Operations

Vanessa Cardenas

Chief Operations Officer 

Irene Soteriou

Member Engagement Coordinator

Twyla Frid 

Alliance Coordinator

Twyla Frid 

Alliance Coordinator

Nora O'Rear

Campaigns Coordinator

Kylie Henry

Alliance Coordinator

Alliance
Coordinating Team

Dr. Gregory H. Stanton

Founding President and Chairman of Genocide Watch. 

Dr. Gregory H. Stanton is the founding president and chairman of Genocide Watch.  From 2010 to 2019, he was a research professor in genocide studies and prevention at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia, USA. From 2003 to 2009, he was the James Farmer Professor in Human Rights at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

 

Dr. Stanton founded Genocide Watch in 1999. He was the founder (1981) and director of the Cambodian Genocide Project and is currently the founder (1999) and chair of the Alliance Against Genocide, the world’s first anti-genocide coalition. From 2007-2009, he was the president of the International Association of Genocide Scholars.

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Helen Graham

Alliance & Advocacy Director​

Helen Graham is an undergraduate at George Washington University, with an expected major in Peace Studies. She is particularly interested in studying how factors like civil war, insufficient natural resources, and social fragmentation can exacerbate tensions into genocide. Helen also hopes to research how perpetrators of genocide use sexual exploitation, rape, and forced sterilization as tools. As an intern for Genocide Watch, she will be monitoring Nigeria, Sudan, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and Equatorial Guinea. Helen is originally from Southern California but now resides in Washington D.C. Before Genocide Watch, Helen interned with Loyola Project for the Innocent providing legal aid to wrongly convicted incarcerated individuals, California State Senator Ben Allen’s office, and Heal the Bay – an environmental organization focused protecting coastal watersheds.

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Daniel Russell

Alliance & Advocacy Coordinator​

​Daniel Russell is an undergraduate student at George Washington University double majoring in political science and history. Previously, Daniel interned for Congressman Peter Meijer, the McCain Institute’s Preventing Targeted Violence program, and ActionAid USA’s Development Team. In high school, Daniel founded the nonprofit speaker series Leaders in Lowell which hosted events with over 18 speakers, including a successful event with Holocaust survivor Rena Finder. Rena is a survivor of the Krakow Ghetto and Auschwitz-Birkenau, where she was saved by Oskar Schindler. Rena’s story inspired Daniel’s interest in genocide research and prevention. He is particularly interested in and passionate about, accountability efforts for genocide and crimes against humanity. Originally from Dracut, Massachusetts, Daniel currently lives in Washington DC.

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Areeka Khan

Alliance & Advocacy Coordinator​, India Team

Areeka Khan holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Sophia College for Women in Mumbai, India. She is an active member of the All India Human Rights Association’s student committee and research team, where her article "Religious Nationalism and the Transgressive Theory of Love Jihad in India" was published. She volunteered as a medical assistant at Shyama Prasad Mukerjee (Civil) Hospital in Lucknow, India, where she shadowed medical professionals and assisted in the organisation of blood donation camps and AIDS and HIV awareness sessions. As an intern for Genocide Watch, Areeka aims to draw attention to the consequences of state-sanctioned violence and discrimination in the name of nation, race, and religion. She will monitor India, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, China, and North Korea for Genocide Watch.

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Daniella Campos

Alliance & Advocacy Coordinator​

Daniella Campos is a senior at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. She is double majoring in International Relations and Public Policy. Since her first year, she has worked on a Political Science Podcast for New Books Network hosted by one of her political science professors. Daniella currently works as Senior Editorial Assistant, conducting research, gathering information, and drafting summaries of upcoming authors being interviewed. She has also participated in an internship for the World Affairs Council in Philadelphia. Serving as a mentor for the Global Smarts Program, she prepared middle school students for a Jr. Model U.N. conference hosted by the World Affairs Council. Working with her team, she created lesson plans that assisted students in researching ongoing global issues in Spain and Burma while teaching about the U.N. and practicing diplomacy. Her Mexican heritage and first-generation status have heavily influenced her interests in Latin American policy, immigration policy, and human rights advocacy. 

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Isabelle Hofberg

Alliance & Advocacy Coordinator​

Isabelle Hofberg is a current postgraduate student at the University of Winchester, having previously obtained a B.A. in History with a concentration on Genocide and Gender Studies. As an undergraduate, Isabelle focused on the gendered experiences of twentieth-century genocide, and as a postgraduate is now researching how female perpetration of genocide is understood and represented by survivors. Her other research interests include Jewish history, Holocaust memorialization, and genocide education. Isabelle has spoken at several UK postgraduate conferences to raise awareness of rape as a tool of genocide in historical and present-day genocides. In the future, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Holocaust and Genocide Education.  

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Aline Keledjian

Alliance & Advocacy Coordinator​

Aline Keledjian is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is double majoring in History and International Affairs with a concentration in Conflict Resolution. Aline has previously interned at Facing History and Ourselves where she reviewed and collated primary sources for a lesson plan on pre-WWII North African Jewish life, among other projects. Last fall, Aline interned at the National Security Archive where she conducted research on topics related to nuclear history and she cataloged several primary source documents into a database. At the George Washington University, Aline has worked as a research assistant for the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project and as a research specialist for a professor under the Department of American Studies. She is also a member of the Dean’s Scholars Program at the George Washington University where she is conducting her original research project that explores how collective trauma narratives impact people’s perceptions of conflict. Aline’s Armenian heritage has influenced her passion for genocide awareness, prevention, and education. At Genocide Watch, Aline will monitor a set of countries in addition to working as a Congressional Communications intern to assist with legislative advocacy efforts.

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Sanaea Suntok

Alliance & Advocacy Coordinator​

Sanaea Suntok is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Political Studies and minoring in Global Development at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. During her time at Queen’s, she has heavily contributed to the Perspectives on Gender Equity in Politics publication, first as editor-in-chief and now as co-chair. She has further completed the International Law and Politics Field Program at Bader College in Herstmonceux, England, wherein she traveled to Europe to study comparative genocide and international humanitarian law under top professionals in the field.

Her past research projects have involved analyzing debates surrounding the legitimacy of the International Criminal Court’s jurisdictional scope, tracking processes of various states’ democratic consolidation and decline, and studying how colonial legacies continue to impact international law and politics today. Her current research interests involve exploring how conceptions of race and culture impact the ways in which different cases of genocide are perceived, and how global power politics and political aims impact states’ reactions to instances of genocide. She is further interested in the politics of remembrance and exploring unconventional avenues of transitional justice to best achieve meaningful and lasting change.

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Madalena Monteiro

Alliance & Advocacy Coordinator​

Madalena Monteiro graduated from McGill University in 2023 with a Joint Honours degree in Political Science and International Development. During her time at McGill, Madalena worked as a member of the IRSAM Youth Advisory Delegation, a team of delegates in consultative status with the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. She wrote and researched six policy proposals designed to situate girls and young women within the commitments of the Beijing Declaration, which she later presented to ambassadors and permanent mission representatives at the 66th meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women.

 

Previously, Madalena interned at The Advocates for Human Rights, where co-wrote, researched, and submitted shadow reports to U.N. treaty bodies in collaboration with international partners. She also assisted in conducting interviews with Ukrainian civilians, with the purpose of collecting evidence of Russian war crimes for the International Criminal Court. In 2022, she worked to research and document the strategies of far-right movements, with a particular focus on the activities of far-right groups in India, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. In Fall 2023, she will begin her M.A. in Global Affairs at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.

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Kim Pate

Alliance & Advocacy Coordinator​

Kim Pate is a dual master's student in Conflict Resolution & Coexistence and Sustainable International Development at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Management and Policy. Prior to enrolling in graduate school, Kim worked in a range of communications roles for nonprofits in Washington, DC. She holds a BA in international studies from American University and a Graduate Certificate in Genocide and Holocaust Studies from Seton Hill University. Her academic interests include the role of civil society in disrupting conflict, formal and informal mechanisms of transitional and restorative justice, and how survivors are incorporated into justice processes. As an intern for Genocide Watch, she will be assisting in the production of a genocide-focused podcast.

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Michelle Mol

Alliance & Advocacy Coordinator​

Michelle Mol is a graduate student in International Relations with a keen focus on the implications of new technologies on international conflict and genocide. Currently pursuing a concentration in international law at NYU, Michelle has thoroughly explored the intricate dynamics of communication platforms and their potential to either exacerbate or alleviate conflicts.

Her commitment to advancing the understanding of the intersection between technology, ethics, and social impact has led her to pursue an internship in the non-profit sector, where she can actively contribute to the prevention of genocide and work towards a more just and equitable world. At Genocide Watch she is on the Research and Legal teams. She also contributes to the editorial board. She completed her BA with First Class Honors at University College London and worked in Amsterdam before moving to New York City.

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Alice McKain

Alliance & Advocacy Coordinator​

Alice is a recent postgraduate student in Global Health and Conflict from St George’s University, London. Her thesis focused on the role of identity and sexual gender-based violence during the 2014 Yezidi genocide. She used Dr. Stanton’s ten stages of genocide to present evidence of ISIS’s crimes against humanity and recommended that the use of sexual gender-based violence during conflict should not be overlooked. She reported that sexual gender-based violence is used to genetically alter future generations, and continues the cycle of genocide. She uniquely examined grey literature alongside academic research, and it was evident that this form of storytelling can influence and complement the practice of global health policy. Alice also works as a Critical Care Nurse and has recently returned from Ukraine. She worked for an NGO called UK-Med and was based 100km from the active front line. She supported UK-Med’s mission in healthcare strengthening and capacity building. She worked in a paediatric hospital, which was repurposed to care for the war wounded. Alice supported the national staff by developing a training programme, and passed her skills and expertise on for continuity of care. While working as an intern for Genocide Watch, Alice will focus on countries in East Asia and Central Europe.

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Natalia Manjarres

Alliance & Advocacy Coordinator​

Natalia is a student at the University of Toronto, soon to graduate from a double major in Psychology and International Relations, and a minor in Statistics. She developed an interest in genocide studies during her teenage years and decided to continue pursuing that interest throughout her undergraduate studies, taking courses in Holocaust studies and international relations theory. These courses were fascinating, and she was especially interested in learning about perpetrators of mass murder as well as the experiences of victims. Natalia has also been involved with Model United Nation conferences in the past, where she has had the opportunity to explore issues in international conflict and diplomacy. She is excited to continue growing her personal as well as our collective understanding of genocide, why it happens, and how it can be prevented, through working with Genocide Watch.

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Bekir Hodzic

Alliance & Advocacy Coordinator​

Bekir Hodzic is a rising sophomore at Vassar College, double majoring in Political Science and History. Growing up Bosnian-American, he was surrounded by genocide survivors, an upbringing instilled within him a deep sensitivity toward genocidal violence and a drive to remember the suffering it engenders and ensure that it is never replicated. He has worked in various positions to fulfill that goal, including developing school curriculum on the Bosnian war and genocide through the Binghamton Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention and as a legislative intern, drafting and guiding a bill creating an official Bosnian Genocide Remembrance Day to unanimous passage in the Connecticut state legislature. Through Genocide Watch, Bekir hopes to build upon these experiences to continue working toward a world where we all understand the horror of crimes against humanity and the moral obligation we share as humans to prevent such atrocities from ever occurring.

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Brooklyn Quallen

Alliance & Advocacy Coordinator​

Brooklyn Quallen is a junior at Smith College, majoring in International Relations and History. Her main research interest at Smith has been the relationship between international residual responsibility for atrocity crimes and a system that privileges Westphalian sovereignty over human rights. This has included examinations of past peacekeeping missions and their implications on present-day intervention efforts. She has also done work on human rights violations in Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara as part of a fellowship at Smith. She focuses primarily on Eastern Europe and North Africa, but plans to study the Middle East and East Asia this year to cover a wider range of international human rights issues.

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Abigail Francis

Alliance & Advocacy Coordinator​

Abigail Francis is a rising senior at George Washington University studying International Affairs and French. Previously, she interned at the Office of Congressman William Keating and The American Academy of Diplomacy. She also works as a Research Assistant within George Washington University’s Political Science department, contributing to two projects: one focusing on corruption among Central and Eastern European political leaders and the other evaluating women's lives under communism. She is a member of George Washington University’s Honors Program and Delta Phi Epsilon, a professional foreign service organization. This past spring, she studied abroad in Paris, France, where she took a course on genocide and mass atrocity prevention. At Genocide Watch, she aims to participate in research, advocacy, and policymaking to assist Genocide Watch in its mission to predict, prevent, stop, and punish genocide.

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