In a year of exponential growth, the organization maintains its practical, pragmatic, and effective approach to promote the protection of civilians in conflict.

WASHINGTON, DC (May 10, 2018) — As civilians around the world increasingly bear the brunt of conflict, one organization is growing its capacity and programming to ensure they are better protected. Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) today released its 2017 Annual Report, Let’s Listen, sharing highlights from “a watershed year” for the international nonprofit. In addition to sections outlining the four pillars of CIVIC’s approach – Recognize, Prevent, Protect, and Amend – the report highlights the work of the organization’s programs: Peacekeeping; United Nations; MENA and South Asia; Africa; United States; and Europe.

“It was a year of unparalleled growth throughout the organization,” said Federico Borello, CIVIC Executive Director. “From boosting the size of our team by 120% to opening offices on three continents, CIVIC is determined to translate this growth into improved protection for civilians by advocating in the halls of power, demanding better on the field of battle, and amplifying voices from local communities. We are tirelessly working toward better protection of and a brighter future for civilians around the world.”

The report features voices of civilians, who are at the heart of CIVIC’s work, and insights from a staff with impressive depth and range of expertise, from international humanitarian law and military strategy to peacekeeping and metrics-based evaluation. Further, the report samples from the organization’s myriad briefs, draft policies, and issue-specific reports, while also outlining CIVIC’s field research, technical support, and community engagements in Afghanistan, Central African Republic (CAR), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Iraq, Mali, Nigeria, South Sudan, Ukraine, United States, Yemen, and with the United Nations.


Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)

Center for Civilians in Conflict is an international nonprofit based in Washington, DC with ten offices in eight countries on four continents. CIVIC’s mission is to work with armed actors and civilians to develop and implement solutions to prevent, mitigate, and respond to civilian harm. Established in 2003 as the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC), the organization was founded by Marla Ruzicka, a young American activist and humanitarian who saw first-hand the impacts of conflict on civilian casualties and their surviving family members. In April 2005, Marla was tragically killed by a suicide bomber in Baghdad. She died advocating for civilian war victims and their families. Since then, CIVIC has continued her extraordinary legacy and expanding its presence around the world. Visit


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