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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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DECEMBER 2012
59
AFSA NEWS
COUNT I NG
VOTES AND
ANNOUNCEMENT
OF RESULTS
On or about June 6, 2013,
the Elections Committee
will count the ballots and
declare elected the candi-
date receiving the greatest
number of votes for each
position. Candidates or their
representatives may be
present during the tally and
may challenge the validity of
any vote or the eligibility of
any voter. The committee will
inform candidates individu-
Elections Committee Members
Hon. Robert W. Farrand, Chair
pamichko@aol.com
(703) 241-0816
Denise Jobin Welch
jobinwelchdi@state.gov
(202) 632-9365
Michael Conlon
michael.conlon@fas.usda.gov
(202) 690-4057
Richard Thompson
risath@aol.com
(301) 229-6442
AFSA Staf
Ian Houston, Executive Director
houston@afsa.org (
202) 944-5505
Sharon Papp, General Counsel
papps@state.gov
(202) 647-8160
Janet Hedrick, Director, Member Services
hedrick@afsa.org
(703) 203-9002
Donna Ayerst,
AFSA News
Editor
ayerst@afsa.org
(202) 338-4045
ally of the election results by
the swiftest possible means
and will publish the names
of all elected candidates in
the next issue of
The Foreign
Service Journal.
The elected
candidates will take ofce on
July 15, 2013, as provided in
the bylaws.
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The U.S. Agency for Interna-
tional Development needs
your help documenting the
frsthand experiences of
USAID personnel who have
worked in-country with
USAID during periods of
mass atrocities or extremely
high levels of violence. 
As the agency develops
new training materials and
other resources to support
feld ofcers serving in high
risk posts, USAID intends
to have that process driven
by the voices, perspectives
and insights of those who
have personal experience
with atrocity prevention and
response.  
In April 2012, President
Barack Obama announced
a comprehensive strategy to
prevent and respond to mass
atrocities during remarks
Documenting Individual Experiences with Atrocity Response
delivered at the U.S. Holo-
caust Memorial Museum. The
strategy was the culmination
of Presidential Study Direc-
tive 10, which declares that
“preventing mass atrocities
and genocide is
a core national
security inter-
est and a core
moral respon-
sibility of the
United States of
America.”
Individuals
interested in
sharing their
experiences will be inter-
viewed in person, or virtu-
ally, by staf in the Center of
Excellence on Democracy,
Human Rights and Gov-
ernance and the Ofce of
Confict Management and
Mitigation. Interviews will
be recorded for the purpose
of developing multimedia
training materials, though
experiences can also be
documented with limited
attribution, if requested. 
In terms of
the focus of the
new resources
being devel-
oped, USAID
is not only
interested in
describing what
programmatic
actions might
help with early
warning, protection and
related issues, but the opera-
tional issues and constraints
that USAID personnel face in
these contexts.
The interagency does
not have a singular defni-
tion of mass atrocities, as
PSD10 intentionally avoided
a threshold defnition that
might constrain policymak-
ers. That said, the most
relevant examples are ones
with large-scale and/or
systematic violence against
civilians. While the atroci-
ties in Rwanda, Sudan and
the former Yugoslavia are
oft cited examples, USAID
is also interested in learning
about similar experiences in
Burundi, East Timor, Guate-
mala, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan and
Sri Lanka.
To volunteer for an inter-
view, or for more information
or questions, please contact
Mark Goldenbaum a
t mgold-
enbaum@usaid.gov or
(202)
712-0729.
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