The Auschwitz Institute (AIPR) launched its programs in 2008 with the mission of building a worldwide network of policymakers with the tools and the commitment to prevent genocide.

Today, AIPR is the chief nonprofit partner of the U.S. government in education and training for genocide and mass atrocity prevention, while the United Nations Office on the Prevention of Genocide and the Responsibility to Protect has chosen AIPR as provider of genocide prevention education and training to UN member-state officials.

The Auschwitz Institute’s core program for fostering genocide-prevention leadership is the Raphael Lemkin Seminar for Genocide Prevention, run on the Holocaust site of Auschwitz in Poland in cooperation with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.

The Global Government edition of the Lemkin Seminar, co-organized with the UN Office on the Prevention of Genocide and the Responsibility to Protect, educates justice, defense, foreign affairs, and human rights officials from around the world on the causes of genocide and policy approaches to prevent it.

A total of 60 states have taken part in our capacity-building programs so far. Our 250-plus alumni, representing the world’s only government-to-government network for genocide prevention, are putting into action the lessons they learn with us to save lives in their home countries.

In addition to the rising leaders they teach, the scholars and practitioners from around the world who serve as instructors at AIPR seminars deepen their own knowledge through their interaction with policymakers, building a bridge between the academic and practicing worlds that is essential to advancing policy.

In spring 2012 the Auschwitz Institute launched the first-ever regional network for genocide and mass atrocity prevention in Latin America, with 18 states throughout Central and South America. Already the network has generated 10 national initiatives for the training of officials and formulation of policy for genocide and mass atrocity prevention. Currently AIPR is developing a similar network for the African Union.

The U.S. Military edition of the Lemkin Seminar, operated in 2010 and 2011, educated future senior officers from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth in the causes of genocide and protecting civilians and preventing mass atrocities during military operations. Currently AIPR is engaged with the U.S. military in building its capacity to prevent genocide to support the work of the Atrocities Prevention Board.