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VFS End of Year Report

VFS End of Year Report

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2012 End of Year Report for Voices for Sudan
2012 End of Year Report for Voices for Sudan

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HIGHLIGHTSFROMTHE2012YEAR‐ENDDIASPORAENGAGEMENTPROGRAM
VoicesforSudan(VFS)hostedkeyDiasporaleadersandindividualsfromacrossSudanforayear‐endgatheringDecember17‐18,2012inWashington,D.C.Activitiesincludedtrainingworkshopsonadvocacytechniquesandcommunications,brainstormingandreflectiononissuesofimportancetotheDiaspora,dialoguewiththeadvocacycommunityandpublicpolicymakers,andanappreciationdinner.ParticipantsintheVFStrainingsand/oradvocacymeetingswere:
AbdallahBabikir
,BlueNileAssociation;
AmirLibiss
,SudaneseAmericanPublicAffairsAssociation(SAPAA);
ElmontasirMohamed,
SudaneseAmericanPublicAffairsAssociation(SAPAA),
HawaAbdallahMohammedSalih
,DarfuractivistandrecipientoftheSecretaryofState’s2012
InternationalWomenofCourage
;
KhalidGerais
,NubiaProject;
MiassAbdelaziz
,SudanHumanRightsNetwork;
RebeccaDeng
,Diasporaactivist;plus
JimmyMulla
,presidentandco‐founderofVFSand
BabikirBabiki
,VFSprogramassistant.Thisyear‐endeventwasafollow‐uptoadialogueinitiatedbyVFSinFebruary2012,whentheDiasporawasengagedinasimilardiscussionofimportantissues.ThedialogueinitiativewithpolicymakersandtheadvocacycommunityhasnowbecomeapartoftheVFSeducationprogram,whichiscenteredonconnectingtheDiasporacommunitywithpolicymakersandSudanesedelegations.ThroughVFS,theDiasporahasinvitedandhostedanumberofvisitingdelegationsinWashington,DC.
December17‐TrainingWorkshopsforSudanAdvocates
PattonBoggs,aninternationallawfirmthathasevolvedintobeingthenation’sleadingpublicpolicylawfirm,generouslyhostedtheVFSworkshopsforSudanadvocatesattheirWashington,D.C.headquarters.Inpreparationforthenextday’smeetingswithgovernmentofficialsandlawmakers,PattonBoggspartner
RussellV.Randle
presentedthetrainingonadvocacy,coveringsuchtopicsashavingbothfactsandarationaleforwhyapolicymakershouldcareabouttheissue,thenatureof“lifeontheHill”,wheremeetingscantakeplace–fromasit‐downwithastaffmembertoaone‐minutewalkinthehallwithalawmaker,andtheimportanceofcorrectetiquetteandfollow‐up.VFSalsoappreciatesthesubstantivecontributionstothistrainingmadebyVFSboardmember
RichardParkins
,DirectorofAmericanFriendsoftheEpiscopalChurchofSudan(AFRECS),whocoordinatedtheprogramwithPattonBoggsandmademanysubstantivecontributionstotheworkshop.
PauletteLee,APR
,alsoaVFSboardmemberandaninternationalcommunicationsspecialist,gaveatrainingon“Integrating‘NewMedia’intoEffectiveCommunications”.Thisnon‐technicalpresentationandlivelydiscussionfocusedonhow"newmedia"ingeneral,and"socialmedia"specifically,canbeincorporatedintostrategiccommunicationsplanningtostrengthenpublicrelationsandadvocacyefforts.
continuednextpage
 
TrainingatPattonBoggs:above,lefttoright 
:AbdallahBakikir,ElmontasirMohamed,AmirLibiss,JimmyMulla,RichardParkins,RebeccaDeng,KhalidGrais,MiassAbdelaziz.***
December18–MeetingswithPolicymakers
Afive‐memberdelegationmetwithStateDepartmentofficials,andsixSudaneseactivistsmetwithCongressionalstafferstoemphasizetheneedforacomprehensiveU.S‐Sudanpolicy,urgehumanitarianaidforthestarvingSudaneseciviliansintheNubaMountains/SouthKordofanandBlueNileState,andstresstheneedforcivilianprotectionandunfetteredinternationalaidinDarfur.
 AttheStateDepartment,above,lefttoright 
:AbdallahBabikir;HawaSaleh;JimmyMulla
;LarryAndre
,Director,OfficeoftheSpecialEnvoyforSudanandSouthSudan;BabikirBabiki
;JessicaHuaracayo
,SeniorSouthSudanDeskOfficer;AmirLibiss.***
continuednextpage
 
OntheHillbelow,lefttoright:
AbdallaBabikir,AmrLibiss,,JimmyMulla,BabikirBabiki,
CongresswomanKarenBass
(D‐CA,chairoftheBlackCongressionalCaucus)
,
HawaAbdalla,MiassAbdelaziz.***
******
continuednextpageOntheHill,atleft,lefttoright:
BabikirBabiki,AmrLibiss,HawaAbdalla,
ChristinaTsafoulias
aideto
CongressmanMichaelCapuano
(D‐MA),co‐chair,SudanCaucus,MiassAbdelaziz,JimmyMulla,AbdallahBabikir.
 AtUSAID,lefttoright:
MiassAbdelaziz;AmrLibiss;HawaAbdalla;
AngelaStephens
,DevelopmentOutreachandCommunicationsOfficer,OfficeofSudanandSouthSudanPrograms/AfricaBureau,USAgencyforInternationalDevelopment;JimmyMulla,BabikirBabiki,AbdallahBabikir.

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