2 Bills Signed into law
From Day One, we have been driven by a firm belief in a universal idea: that our liberty is bound together. When we founded Invisible Children in 2004, we wanted to prove that idea through a specific mission: to end to Africa’s longest running conflict led by Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). We mobilized unprecedented international awareness and action to help end the LRA crisis, contributed to a 93% reduction in killings by the LRA, and we have helped thousands of central African families become safer through innovative community-based protection initiatives. In the process, our global team has gained unparalleled experience, developed renowned expertise, and cultivated a massive network of trusting relationships with resilient local changemakers across central Africa.
Today, guided by the same core belief that got us started, we have embraced the opportunity and responsibility to take on more -- because we are not truly free until all of us are free. We have expanded our mission and our programs, and we are forging new exciting partnerships, from Mboki to Manhattan. Hand-in-hand with dedicated central African community leaders, we are working to ensure that children and families in some of the most remote and isolated corners of the globe have the safety they deserve and need in order to thrive. This means we are also stepping onto the front lines of addressing the link between human insecurity and the exploitation of wildlife and natural resources, which has reached critical levels in recent years and has a massive impact on families across central Africa and generations to come.
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In 2004, the United Nations called the LRA crisis in northern Uganda the “most forgotten, neglected humanitarian emergency in the world.” We founded Invisible Children to change that and to fight against the false notion that our responsibility to each other stops at our own nation’s borders or with people who look like us.
We believed that if people around the world knew the reality of LRA violence -- more than 60,000 children abducted, tens of thousands killed, and millions displaced -- and if they could see the names, faces, and stories behind the statistics, they would be moved to take action and demand justice. We were right. By harnessing the power of storytelling, youth idealism, and human empathy, we mobilized millions around the world to raise the banner for LRA-affected communities and move world leaders to take historic action to end the LRA crisis. Simultaneously, thanks to the generosity of millions around the world, we were able to partner with dedicated community leaders throughout central Africa to develop innovative programs that empower local communities to protect each other from violence, heal from trauma, and demand justice from their leaders. We continue to manage those programs today, and their success and respect amongst local communities is the reason why we’re able and excited to expand our mission today to tackle the other violent threats facing these same communities and others like them.
Of course, our commitment to our founding mission remains as strong as ever. Joseph Kony remains at large, and after nearly 30 years of his brutal crimes, his impunity continues to be one of the most tragic examples of our world’s failure to treat every human life as equally valuable and worthy of protection. While we celebrate the dramatic reduction in LRA violence over the last several years, we know all too well that as long as Kony roams free, he has the ability to rebuild his forces through child abductions and terrorize communities. That is exactly why we are expanding our mission, not changing directions. Every day we are reminded of the children, men, and women still held captive by Kony and his LRA commanders, and the families desperately hoping for their return. Our liberty is bound together with theirs. We’re not going anywhere -- we’re actually doing more.Our work
2 Bills Signed into law
Our activists played a central role in securing the passage of The LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act (2010), which was the most widely supported Africa-focused legislation on record in U.S. history, as well as the Rewards for Justice Expansion bill (2013).
Partners Best in the business
We work closely with civil society partners in LRA-affected areas, as well as advocacy groups like The Resolve LRA Crisis Initiative and The Enough Project in Washington, DC. We continue to achieved much more together than we could alone.
$30 MILLION+ U.S. foreign assistance
We’ve mobilized thousands of young activists to call, write, and meet in person with their representatives and urge them to support the protection and recovery of communities in central Africa targeted by the LRA and other violent threats. In just the past four years, our advocacy has helped secure more than $30 million in the U.S. foreign assistance budget to support life-saving programs across central Africa.
3.7 million signed pledge cards
We’ve written letters, held meetings on Capitol Hill, marched, slept in the streets, as well as signing pledges - all to convince our government leaders to use their power to support peace and justice for vulnerable communities in central and East Africa.
We created the KONY 2012 campaign after eight years of demanding justice for LRA-affected communities and watching Joseph Kony get away with his brutal crimes. In many ways, KONY 2012 was an experiment. Could an online video make an obscure war criminal famous? And if he was famous, would the world work together to stop him? With 100 million views in 6 days, and 3.7 million citizen pledges calling for the arrest of Joseph Kony, the experiment yielded the fastest growing viral video of all time and unprecedented international action to end Africa’s longest running conflict.Learn More
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