A.J. has been involved in human rights advocacy ever since high school when he joined his school’s Amnesty International chapter. Working with Amnesty and living in Boise — a major refugee resettlement area—exposed A.J. to the conflict in Darfur and allowed him to form relationships with the Sudanese refugees in his community. It is the strength of these relationships that drives A.J. to work for sustainable peace in Sudan and a secure and prosperous future for its citizens.
A.J.’s latest project is partnering with the Save Darfur Coalition on their new postcard campaign. These postcards are asking President Obama to ensure that the upcoming Sudanese elections do not legitimize a corrupt government. A.J. will be canvassing the Boise neighborhoods and asking people to sign on and help promote a political climate in Sudan that is conducive to open competition and credible elections. A.J. believes it is important to get involved in projects like this one and to continue to raise awareness. “You just have to do what you can, talk to people, take action, spread the word — and keep hope in your heart. Believe in change — and be part of the process.”