Who We Are

Our mission

Center for Civilians in Conflict works to make warring parties more responsible to civilians before, during, and after armed conflict. We are advocates who believe no civilian caught in conflict should be ignored, and advisors who provide practical solutions to prevent and respond to civilian harm. 

The organization was founded as Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC) in 2003 by Marla Ruzicka, a courageous humanitarian killed by a suicide bomber in 2005 while advocating for Iraqi families.

Our vision

For warring parties to recognize the imperative to prevent civilian harm, protect civilians caught on the battlefield, and make amends for the harm they do cause.

Our values

  • Civilian-focused: We believe change should be rooted in the plight, wants and needs of civilians caught in conflict. We bring their voices to those making decisions about conduct in conflict.
  • Pragmatic: We believe change in warring party behavior can come through working directly with military and state decision-makers, helping them understand the effects of their actions and providing them with practical policy solutions to limit and address civilian harm.
  • Collaborative: We believe working in partnership is always better than working alone. We work with civilians, warring parties, policymakers, humanitarians, scholars, media, and the public as advocates for civilians. We are leading the charge through our own actions and in coordination with others to bring about change.


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