The Aegis Trust is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world without genocide through education, documentation, global engagement and advocacy. Using a public health lens, Aegis identifies risk factors and warning signs that lead to genocide and develops strategies that prevents the escalation of violence and enables nations to heal following acts of mass atrocity.
Founded in 2000 by two brothers, Drs. Stephen and James Smith, Aegis is headquartered in the United Kingdom with offices in Rwanda and the United States.
Aegis' achievements include:
- The Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda (KGM), which commemorates the 1994 Rwandan genocide and receives 75,000 visitors annually.
- A Youth Peace Education Program that is creating peace leaders and building bridges of understanding across racial lines in Rwanda and is designed to be replicated in other countries.
- Parliamentary Groups on Genocide Prevention in the United Kingdom and Canada with a vision of creating a Global Parliamentary Network.
- A developing international youth network that trains young people in genocide prevention and provides them with the skills to stand up against prejudice and acts of mass atrocity.
- A physical archive of the genocide in Rwanda, which is being expanded to include all genocide-related information and digitized to form a single repository available online for study worldwide.
For more information, visit The Aegis Trust website, www.aegistrust.org. Aegis Trust operates in the US as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.