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What We Do:

Training Civil Society

  • Intensive, diverse 3-day workshops in Iraq;

  • Week-long “train the trainer” seminars in Iraq;

  • Training for educators; and

  • Special courses for members of the executive, judicial and legislative branches of government and within government agencies, in the Kurdistan Regional Government and in Baghdad, as well as for the Iraqi Armed Forces, the Popular Mobilization Forces, and the Peshmerga. 

Developing Local Capacity

  • The creation of new and innovative resources in several languages;

  • The development of an accessible on-line resource hub;

  • Active work with local partners and campaigns to raise awareness about conflict resolution tools.

  • Bi-annual international summits bringing together partners from Iraq, the international community, and other regions affected by genocide and other atrocity crimes.

Creating Shared Reporting Platforms

  • The development of an Online Genocide Prevention Toolbox;

  • The creation of a reporting and prevention App;

  • The support for transnational communication among threatened groups.


The Iraq Project for Genocide Prevention is driven by the belief that the most important prevention work happens at the community level. It is directed by genocide scholars Dr. Elisa von Joeden-Forgey, Endowed Chair in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College in the USA, and Irene Massimino, a human rights lawyer in Argentina.


We work with people in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan to promote genocide prevention, restorative dialogue, and peace-building education and training as well as to offer tools for grassroots responses to conflict. In the process, we seek to inform the world about the efforts inside Iraq to end the cycle of genocide in the region.

Our approach to human security is based in the observation that true long-term human security grows from the grassroots and is built over time through broad-based internal social and cultural commitments to justice.


We work internationally. Contact us here for more information.

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