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Dedicated to resolving the humanitarian crisis in Sudan and South Sudan.

About Us

Voices for Sudan Inc. (VFS) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt registered non-profit organization that helps members of the Sudanese diaspora support U.S. foreign policy toward both Sudan and South Sudan. That policy, as expressed by Ambassador Donald E. Booth, U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan, is to support two countries, at peace internally, with each other, and with the region…a prosperous future in which all Sudanese and South Sudanese citizens are respected, protected, and have a say in the governance of their respective countries.

VSF needs your help to continue to be part of this peaceful effort. On December 18th 2014, we celebrated our fifth anniversary. During those five years we moved from being an advocacy organization to being more diaspora service-oriented – helping Sudanese and South Sudanese living in the U.S. and Canada better engage with the media and with elected public officials, become more involved and integrated into public policy and events, and fund raise more effectively for their own advocacy efforts.

VFS has five main programs: Advocacy Training (advocacy, media relations and fundraising); Public Engagement (visits with pubic policymakers, administration officials and “think tanks”); Restore Hope (travel internationally to visit with refugees; e.g., Israel and Ethiopia); Columbia University Student Partnership (such as annual trainings we offer to School of International and Public Policy students); and Civil Society Engagement (providing key information to participants in world forums).

Now we are turning to you to help us meet our goal of raising $180,000 to increase our activities and reach more of the Sudanese diaspora by establishing branches in New York, Boston and Arizona; expanding our current activities in Portland, Maine, Seattle, Washington and Dallas, Texas; enhancing our program in Canada; and increasing our activities internationally – such as the Sudanese civil society conferences in which we’ve participated in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and upcoming conference in Switzerland.  Added to these successful activities are our ongoing roundtable discussions at our Washington, D.C. headquarters, and our summer internship program for local university students. For more information on VFS, please see my 2011 interview with Voice of America “Focus” host Ndimyake Mwakalyelye on YouTube.

As Sudan continues its bombing campaigns and violence against civilians, and South Sudanese ethnic groups continue to clash in a senseless and ongoing civil war, Voices for Sudan will be focusing on changing the lack of political will for peace. As an organization, we have made tremendous headway in educating policy makers, organizing numerous events, and diaspora training initiatives. Without knowledge of the situation on the ground, policymakers cannot make informed decisions.  Without training, the diaspora cannot be effective communicators.  Without financial assistance, we cannot continue to train or provide the valuable resources we have begun to provide.

When you support the work of Voices for Sudan, you support education, advocacy training and diaspora services that help U.S. efforts to establish peach and stability in Sudan and South Sudan. Your contributions are essential for our work to continue, and much appreciated.  Please donate today. All donations are tax-deductible.

Thank you for whatever you can to help promote peace in the Sudans.

Jimmy Mulla
President & Co-Founder, Voices for Sudan Inc

Founders

Board Members

JIMMY MULLA

JIMMY MULLA

Board Member, Staff (President & Co-founder)

Jimmy Mulla’s professional career has shifted between the technical field, research, and important Sudanese human rights advocacy work. He is an engineer by trade. Currently Jimmy is the president and cofounder of Voices for Sudan (VFS), formerly known as the Southern Sudanese Voice for Freedom (SSVF). Mr. Mulla is a long time Sudan activist and has led a wide range of advocacy and awareness-raising efforts for the North-South conflict including Nuba Mountains & Blue Nile, Darfur genocide, Eastern Sudan and other Sudan issues. He was the founding member and president of Southern Sudanese Voice for Freedom (SSVF). SSVF played an instrumental role in the passage of the U.S. Sudan Peace Act and the appointment of a U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan, which re-energized the civil war peace talks; helped raise awareness of the genocide in Darfur; and helped facilitate an aggressive and successful divestment campaign that raises awareness of companies that do business with Sudan. Mulla has been on CNN, Voice of America TV and Radio, Al-Jazeera, Al-Hura and other major news networks.

JOHN BAGWELL

JOHN BAGWELL

Board Member

John Bagwell serves effectively on the board of directors for Voices for Sudan Inc. Mr. Bagwell helped Voices for Sudan conduct a Diaspora training programs in 5 different locations nationwide. Mr. Bagwell currently works as Advocacy and Campaign Manager for Crisis Action. Prior, Mr. Bagwell served as Advocacy Director for the Enough Project at the Center for American Progress managing public campaigns, building partnerships and coalitions, and implementing strategies to influence elected officials on issues related to mass atrocities and crimes against humanity. He previously worked as the National Student Coordinator for the Genocide Intervention Network directing the leadership team and developing programming for hundreds of student chapters across the United States for the student division, STAND. He has also worked for the South Carolina Democratic Party, Wal-Mart Watch, and several other political and issue-based grassroots campaigns. John holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC.

C. RICHARD PARKINS

C. RICHARD PARKINS

Board Member

Richard Parkins recently completed fourteen years of service as director of Episcopal Migration Ministries – the refugee and immigration assistance and advocacy arm of The Episcopal Church. Richard has worked in the refugee field for the past 28 years, commencing his career as director of operations for the US Office of Refugee Resettlement in 1980 and serving in various capacities with non-profit resettlement agencies including Lutheran Refugee and Immigration Service and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. From 2006-2008 Richard served as chair of the Refugee Council USA- the major U.S. coalition of refugee assistance and refugee rights organizations. In May 2008, Richard was a member of an Episcopal-Lutheran delegation to the enthronement of Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul and used that occasion to understand more fully the circumstances facing returning refugees and IDPS subsequent to the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Plan.

In 1998, Richard was a part of a church visit to the Sudan under the leadership of the late Marc Nikkel. In addition to time with Sudanese refugees in the Kakuma camp in northern Kenya, this church mission traveled extensively in the Diocese of Bor with Bishop Nathaniel Garang and Marc Nikkel. In that same year, Richard was a  representative of The Episcopal Church to a roundtable of the Sudan Council of Churches where he was also hosted by the then Bishop of Renk, Bishop Daniel Deng Bul. Since his early work with Marc Nikkel, Richard has been an advocate for a more robust policy by the USG in advancing the rights and welfare of the southern Sudanese community in their struggle for justice and peace and was a part of the initial efforts to establish AFRECS.

Richard’s career has included consultancy work for The Ford Foundation in India, the Asian Development Bank in Malaysia, the World Bank in Thailand, and the UNDP in Jamaica. Following his graduate training at the University of Pennsylvania, Richard taught at San Francisco State University.

Hanadi Elhadi

Hanadi Elhadi

Board Member

Hanadi Elhadi is a trained Chemist with a degree in pharmacology from Cairo University in Egypt, and an Associate degree from Howard Community College in Maryland. She served as a Quality Control chemist, and a student advisor. She is bilingual in English and Arabic, a skill that used in her work as interpreter and an activist on the issues of women empowerment, child protection and political lobbying for democracy and human rights in her country of origin, Sudan.  She helped found the Broad National Front, a coalition of Sudanese parties and organizations working on change in Sudan.

LAURA NYANTUNG BENY

LAURA NYANTUNG BENY

DEPUTY BOARD CHAIR

Since joining the University of Michigan Law School in 2003, Prof. Laura N. Beny has taught Corporate Finance, Enterprise Organization, International Finance, the Public Corporation, Law and Development, and an advanced seminar in law and finance. Her research interests include a wide range of subjects in law and economics, finance, political economy, and development. Her research has been published by the American Economic Review, the American Law and Economics Review, and the Journal of Corporation Law, among others. Before coming to Michigan, she practiced private and pro bono law at Debevoise & Plimpton, an international law firm based in New York City. Prof. Beny earned her MA and PhD in economics at Harvard University, her JD at Harvard Law School, and her BA in economics at Stanford University. She was a visiting professor at Duke University School of Law in fall 2010 and spring 2012.

Madeline Rose

Madeline Rose

Board Member

Madeline Rose is a Policy and Advocacy Advisor for Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian and development agency headquartered in Portland, OR. Madeline leads Mercy Corps’ policy and advocacy portfolios for its Sub-Saharan Africa programs, as well as youth, fragile states, and conflict mitigation.

Prior to joining Mercy Corps, Madeline worked at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, where she managed the Peaceful Prevention of Deadly Conflict program. She has worked in Congress, at the United Nations, with community-based organizations in Zimbabwe and South Africa, and in the Silicon Valley tech community.

Madeline is currently an Organizing & Advocacy Trainer for Wellstone Action and an Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Washington International School.

Abdalmageed Haroun

Abdalmageed Haroun

Board Member

Abdalmageed Haroun has participated and coordinated many of Voices for Sudan training programs in New York, and Washington, DC. Mr Haroun also facilitated Voices for Sudan participation in the first ever Sudan and South Sudan civil society conference in Addis‐Ababa Ethiopia.

Mr. Haroun is a Darfur genocide survivor. Since coming to the United States, Abdalmageed continues to be involved with Darfuri and Sudanese issues. He is the co‐founder and current Chairperson of Human Rights and Advocacy Network for Democracy (HAND). Since then, he has worked with many marginalized communities within Sudan, especially youth and women. In 2010, he worked for The Carter Center and Electoral Reform International Service (ERIS) in the UK as a Regional Coordinator for the Election‐Related Violence Tracking Project during the Sudanese General Elections in Darfur. Over the past several years, Abdalmageed has been arrested, detained, and tortured by Sudanese Security Services due to his human rights activities in Sudan. His last detainment occurred over four months culminating in his release due to pressure from the United States. Abdalmageed he is Master Degree Candidate for Coexistence and Conflict at Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University In Massachusetts, USA. Graduated from the University of Juba in 2006. After graduation, he returned to his community to help Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

Staff

JIMMY MULLA

JIMMY MULLA

Staff (President & Co-founder)

Jimmy Mulla’s professional career has shifted between the technical field, research, and important Sudanese human rights advocacy work. He is an engineer by trade. Currently Jimmy is the president and cofounder of Voices for Sudan (VFS), formerly known as the Southern Sudanese Voice for Freedom (SSVF). Mr. Mulla is a long time Sudan activist and has led a wide range of advocacy and awareness-raising efforts for the North-South conflict including Nuba Mountains & Blue Nile, Darfur genocide, Eastern Sudan and other Sudan issues. He was the founding member and president of Southern Sudanese Voice for Freedom (SSVF). SSVF played an instrumental role in the passage of the U.S. Sudan Peace Act and the appointment of a U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan, which re-energized the civil war peace talks; helped raise awareness of the genocide in Darfur; and helped facilitate an aggressive and successful divestment campaign that raises awareness of companies that do business with Sudan. Mulla has been on CNN, Voice of America TV and Radio, Al-Jazeera, Al-Hura and other major news networks.

Emanuella Bringi

Emanuella Bringi

Executive Assistant & Diaspora Training Program Coordinator

Emanuella Bringi is Voices for Sudan’s Executive Assistant & Diaspora Training Program Coordinator. Ms. Bringi is also currently a National Youth Advisory Board member for a project titled Voices against Violence: Youth Stories Create Change; & a Leader for an initiative titled: Generation of Leaders: South Sudan.

As a young leader in her community, Emanuella’s vision is to empower the Sudanese people from a youth perspective. As generations come and go, the need for support from all angles does not change; the visionaries of today and the experts of yesterday must collide and create a powerful force to bring peace to our regions.

Emanuella holds a diploma in Social Service Work – Immigrant and Refugees from Seneca College, and a degree in Multicultural and Indigenous Studies from York University. During her studies at York University she held both the Student Life & Advocacy as well as the President position for the York United Black Students’ Alliance; YUBSA is a student run Pan-Africanist organization established to help foster unity and togetherness in the Black community at York University and surrounding areas.