Senior Fellow, Founding Director of the Enough Project
Expertise: Human rights, central and eastern Africa
John Prendergast is a human rights activist and best-selling author who has worked for peace in Africa for nearly 30 years. He is the Founding Director of the Enough Project, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity, affiliated with the Center for American Progress. 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 for more than 25 years, as well as a youth counselor and a basketball coach. John is the author or co-author of 10 books.
With George Clooney, he co-founded the Satellite Sentinel Project, which aims to prevent conflict and human rights abuses through satellite imagery and forensic investigations of stolen assets that fuel violence. With Tracy McGrady and other NBA stars, John launched 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 conceived the Raise Hope for Congo Campaign, highlighting the issue of conflict minerals that fuel the war there. John is an advisor to Not On Our Watch, the organization founded by George Clooney, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, and Brad Pitt.
In 2014, John appeared in the motion picture “The Good Lie,” starring Reese Witherspoon. He is a primary subject of the 2014 book by Jane Bussman, A Journey to the Dark Heart of Nameless Unspeakable Evil. He is also beginning a project on the Congo with actor Ryan Gosling and New Yorker magazine writer Kelefa Sanneh.
John has been awarded six honorary doctorates. He is or has been a visiting professor at Yale Law School, Stanford University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, and others.
John has appeared in four episodes of ”60 Minutes,” for which the team won an Emmy Award, and helped create African 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,” ”PBS NewsHour,” CNN’s ”Inside Africa,” and Newsweek/The Daily Beast. He has been profiled in The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, and a number of other publications, and has appeared in several documentaries including ”Blood in the Mobile,” “Sand and Sorrow,” “Darfur Now,” “3 Points,” and ”War Child.”