STAND began as an acronym for “Students Taking Action Now: Darfur.” In 2004, students at Georgetown University founded STAND, which quickly became the leading organization in what was later labeled the fastest-growing and largest student movement for international human rights issues since anti-apartheid, spanning approximately 800 chapters across the United States. Since 2009, our mission has expanded globally–to end and prevent genocide and mass atrocities wherever they may occur. Learn about the issues we focus on here. In addition to our conflict-specific foci, we promote long-term policy solutions to prevent genocide.
Since our founding, STAND has developed as a key player in the anti-genocide movement alongside its previous parent organizations, the Genocide Intervention Network, and subsequently, United to End Genocide. Today, STAND runs the U.S.-based youth department of The Aegis Trust.
Here are some highlights from our first 17 years: