On a trip to the border of Sudan and South Sudan in October 2010, George Clooney and John Prendergast conceived the Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP). SSP launched on December 29, 2010, with the goals of deterring a return to full-scale civil war between northern and southern Sudan and deterring and documenting threats to civilians along both sides of the border. SSP worked to focus global attention on mass atrocities in Sudan and used its imagery and analysis to generate rapid responses on human rights and human security concerns. SSP was the first sustained public effort to systematically monitor and report on potential hotspots and threats to human security in near real-time. Experts at DigitalGlobe, our satellite partner, along with Harvard Humanitarian Initiative officials at the outset of the project, worked with the Enough Project to analyze imagery, data pattern analysis, and information from sources on the ground to produce reports. The Enough Project then released them to the press and policymakers, and sounded the alarm by notifying major news organizations and activists.
The resources that previously went into SSP are now being channeled into our newest initiative, The Sentry.