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COMMUNITY LEADERS SELECTED FOR DISTINGUISHED CARL WILKENS FELLOWSHIP

Leaders will strengthen the permanent anti-genocide constituency in the United States

For Immediate Release CONTACT: Katie-Jay Scott Stauring, 310.738.0285, ktj@iact.ngo

LOS ANGELES, CA – June 26, 2014 – The Carl Wilkens Fellowship (CWF), a project of i-ACT, a Los Angeles based nonprofit, has selected 12 individuals to be part of the 2014 Class of Fellows. The new class of Fellows joins a network of 55 other Fellows who actively work to prevent, stop, and heal from mass atrocities and genocide throughout the world. These leaders are already working in their local communities around the country to build a permanent constituency working to prevent and end mass atrocities. Throughout the coming year they will improve their leadership skills, learn how to effectively advocate to end mass atrocities and genocide, and work together on a national campaign for Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month in April 2015.

2014 Class of Carl Wilkens Fellows: Andalisa Lopez, Washington DC Andalisa Lopez is a nonprofit professional working in Washington, DC with extensive experience organizing others around social justice issues and has been working in the nonprofit sector for six years.

Anthony Kasongo, Southbridge, MA Originally from the Democratic Republic Congo, Mr. Kasongo is an activist and advocate of social justice and human rights.

Barbara Baker, Cummington, MA Barbara Baker, Program Coordinator for Project Link at Berkshire Community College, has been a leader in social justice issues for more than 20 years.

Christie Nicoson, Minneapolis, MN As Program and Operations Coordinator at World Without Genocide, Nicoson organizes educational events, supports advocacy initiatives, and engages community members to build an anti-genocide constituency.

Deanna Malmquist, San Diego, CA Deanna Malmquist, Director of Legal Affairs and Human Resources at Invisible Children (IC), manages anything and everything legal for IC corporate governance, intellectual property, contracts, financial audits, employment issues and contracts.