Fifteen years ago this April, the world witnessed one of the most devastating atrocities in history – a campaign of violence so ruthless that an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were killed in the space of three months. More than a decade later, survivors are haunted by memories and traumatized by the daily realities of living in a society where justice has not been served.

RCLA is gathering an interdisciplinary council of experts for a unique workshop with Mary Blewitt, founder of the nonprofit Survivors Fund, which assists and advocates for Rwandan genocide survivors. The event will be a chance for experts in trauma, genocide and psychological care to serve as a sounding board on new ways to reduce the emotional and mental toll the genocide continues to take on survivors’ lives.

About Mary Blewitt, Founder of the Survivors Fund
Since the genocide in 1994, Mary Blewitt has dedicated her life to helping the survivors through the Survivors Fund. In 2009, she has stepped down as director of SURF to serve as a visiting fellow at the Research Center for Leadership in Action. It is an opportunity to reflect on and document her experience and to find new answers to survivors’ needs.

RCLA Leadership Design Studio
RCLA serves as a strategic solutions partner for organizations grappling with tough leadership challenges, particularly at key moments when the way forward is uncharted. This event is part of a series through the RCLA Leadership Design Studio, which brings together dynamic and accomplished leaders from different disciplines to serve as a brain trust that provides trailblazers in public service with fresh thinking and expert advice. The membership of each group of advisors is tailored to the topic, and the process is grounded in an understanding that leadership at its best relies on the wisdom and contributions of people working together rather than in isolation.