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Founding Director

John Prendergast

During the course of the ten years of Enough’s existence, we have had the chance to be involved in so many consequential issues, projects, and moments. One personal way to catalogue some of this is through this webpage of the history of my own involvement in many of these efforts. This webpage contains the links to all kinds of different content I’ve been a part of over the last decade.  

– John Prendergast

John Prendergast is a human rights and anti-corruption activist as well as a New York Times best-selling author who has focused on peace in Africa for over thirty-five years. He is the Founding Director of the Enough Project, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity, as well as the Co-Founder with George Clooney of The Sentry, a new investigative initiative chasing the assets of war criminals and their international facilitators. John has worked for the Clinton White House, the State Department, two members of Congress, the National Intelligence Council, UNICEF, Human Rights Watch, the International Crisis Group, and the U.S. Institute of Peace.  He has been a big brother in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program for 35 years to a number of boys, as well as a youth counselor and basketball coach.

John is the author or co-author of ten books.  His latest book, Unlikely Brothers, is a dual memoir co-authored with his first “little brother” in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. His previous two books were co-authored with Don Cheadle: Not On Our Watch, a New York Times bestseller and NAACP non-fiction book of the year, and The Enough Moment: Fighting to End Africa's Worst Human Rights Crimes. His next book, Congo Stories, in collaboration with actor Ryan Gosling and DR Congolese activist Fidel Bafilemba, will be published in December 2018.

John also serves as Executive Director of Not On Our Watch, founded by Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Brad Pitt, and George Clooney.

John appears in the Warner Brothers' motion picture The Good Lie, starring Reese Witherspoon.  He is a primary subject of the book by Jane Bussman, "A Journey to the Dark Heart of Nameless Unspeakable Evil."

During his time in government, John was part of the facilitation team behind the successful two-year mediation led by Anthony Lake which ended the 1998-2000 war between Ethiopia and Eritrea, the deadliest war in the world at the time.  He was also part of peace processes for Burundi (led by President Nelson Mandela), Sudan (led by Lazaro Sumbeiywo) and DR Congo.

Under the Enough Project umbrella, John has helped create a number of initiatives and campaigns.  With George Clooney, he co-founded the Satellite Sentinel Project, which aimed to prevent conflict and human rights abuses through satellite imagery. With Tracy McGrady and other NBA stars, John founded the Darfur Dream Team Sister Schools Program to fund schools in Darfurian refugee camps and create partnerships with schools in the United States. Through the Enough Project, he launched the Raise Hope for Congo Campaign, highlighting the issue of conflict minerals that fuel the war there and supporting a more comprehensive peace process, and its companion Conflict-Free Campus Initiative. He also co-founded the Sudan Now campaign, which supported the holding of a peaceful referendum for South Sudan in 2010.

John has been awarded seven honorary doctorates. He is or has been a visiting professor at Stanford University, Yale Law School, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Claremont McKenna College, Kean University, American University, American University in Cairo, the University of San Diego, the University of Pittsburgh, Temple University, Albright College, St. Mary's College, the University of Massachusetts, and Eckerd College.

John has appeared in five episodes of 60 Minutes, for which the team won an Emmy Award, and helped create African characters and stories for two episodes of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, one focusing on the recruitment of child soldiers and the other on rape as a war strategy. John has also traveled to Africa with NBC’s Dateline, ABC’s Nightline, The PBS NewsHour, CNN’s Inside Africa, Newsweek/The Daily Beast, and The New York Times Magazine.

He has appeared in several documentaries including: Merci Congo, When Elephants Fight, Blood in the Mobile, Sand and Sorrow, Darfur Now, 3 Points, Son of South Sudan, and War Child. He also co-produced with Martin Sheen and Melissa Fitzgerald the documentary After Kony: Staging Hope, which focuses on Northern Uganda. John partnered with Downtown Records and Mercer Street Records to create the compilation album Raise Hope for Congo, combating sexual violence against women and girls in Congo.

He has been profiled in The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Men's Vogue, Time, Entertainment Weekly, GQ, Oprah Magazine, The Hill, Capitol File, Arrive, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Spectator Life, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

John has received the following awards: Vital Voices Solidarity Award, The Huffington Post Game Changer Award; the United Nations Correspondents Association Global Citizen of the World Award; the Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award; the Princeton University Crystal Tiger Award; the U.S. Department of State Distinguished Service Award; the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution Award; Outstanding Literary Work for Not on Our Watch at the 39th NAACP Image Awards; 12th Annual Moste Lanterns Award; Global Action Humanitarian Award; American University School of International Services Alumnus of the Year; Southern California Mediation Association Randolph Lowry Lecturer Award; Dispute Resolution Services Louis M. Brown Conflict Prevention Award; Leon H. Sullivan Foundation Special Service Award; Temple University Alumni Fellow; Kean University Human Rights Institute Award; the State Department’s Superior Honor Award; and the Champion of Human Life Award from The Values Network.

Television Appearances

Op-Eds

Co-authored Op-Eds

With George Clooney: With Don Cheadle: With Ryan Gosling: With Ashley Judd: With Sheryl Crow: With Javier Bardem: With Emmanuelle Chriqui: Robin Wright and John Prendergast:

Documentaries

Movies



The Good Lie (Phillipe Falardeau, 2014)

Videos

Magazine Articles

Publications

Speeches

  • Stopping Genocide and Mass Atrocities by Stopping the War Profiteers
  • Ten Building Blocks for Making a Difference in the World and in Your Neighborhood
  • The Holocaust, Modern Genocides and the Anti-Atrocities Movement
  • Success Stories in Student and Celebrity Activism
  • My Seven Stories of Change and Transformation
  • How the World’s Newest Country Went Awry: Understanding South Sudan’s Senseless War
  • Good News Stories from Africa: Countering Negative Stereotypes from Hollywood and the News Media
  • Steve Jobs, Celebrities, Cell Phones, and Students: How a Consumer Campaign is Impacting the World’s Deadliest War in Congo
  • Kony 2012: Impact Beyond the Controversy
  • Unlikely Brothers: The Impact of Mentoring
Please contact info@enoughproject.org to find out more information about John Prendergast's speeches.