John Prendergast is a human rights activist and a best-selling author who has focused on peace in Africa for more than 30 years. He is the founding director of the Enough Project, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Along with American actor, filmmaker and activist George Clooney, he co-founded The Sentry, a new investigative initiative focused on dismantling the networks financing conflict and atrocities.
Prendergast has worked in the White House for the Clinton administration, The U.S. State Department, two members of U.S. Congress, the National Intelligence Council, UNICEF, Human Rights Watch, the International Crisis Group and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). He has been a Big Brother (Big Brothers Big Sisters of America) for three decades as well as a youth counselor and a basketball coach. He is the author or co-author of ten books.
Prendergast also co-founded the Satellite Sentinel Project which uses satellite imagery to spotlight mass atrocities. With star players from the National Basketball Association, Prendergast launched the Darfur Dream Team Sister Schools Program to fund schools in Darfuri refugee camps. He also created Enough Project’s Raise Hope for Congo Campaign which highlights the issue of conflict minerals, and its student arm the Conflict-Free Campus Initiative.
Prendergast has appeared in four episodes of 60 Minutes, for which the team won an Emmy award, and helped create African stories for two episodes of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. He has traveled to Africa with NBC’s ”Dateline,” ABC’s “Nightline,” PBS’ “NewsHour,” CNN’s ”Inside Africa,” Newsweek and The Daily Beast. He also appears in the motion picture “The Good Lie,” starring Reese Witherspoon and Emmanuel Jal, as well as documentary films such as Merci Congo, When Elephants Fight, Blood in the Mobile, Sand and Sorrow, Darfur Now, 3 Points, and War Child.
Prendergast also runs Not On Our Watch, an organization founded by Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Brad Pitt and George Clooney that develops projects and campaigns bringing global attention to forgotten international crises. He has been awarded six honorary doctorates and has been a visiting professor at Yale Law School, Stanford University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Duke University and others.