Mike Brand is a genocide and mass atrocities prevention advocate who believes that, “no one should be targeted because of who they are or what they believe.” Focusing mainly on United States foreign policy and partnerships with civil society leaders in-country, Mike has been an ardent advocate for the prevention of mass atrocities for over ten years. Mike describes himself as a practical idealist, and believes we can prevent atrocities if we're willing to take the necessary steps. Mike has been published in peer-reviewed journals, publications like The Hill and IRIN, and has been quoted in various news outlets as an expert in his field. Mike specializes in human rights, peacebuilding, conflict and atrocities prevention, conflict resolution, and post-conflict reconstruction, with a regional focus on Central/East Africa. Mike has worked for various NGOs in the United States, Rwanda and South Sudan, and for the U.S. State Department. In addition to his primary area of expertise, Mike also focuses on wider human rights abuses, and has been a staunch advocate for the universal respect for human rights. Mike holds a Master’s in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University and BA’s in History and Political Science from the University of Connecticut.