John Heffernan is the former Director of the Genocide Prevention Initiative of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Conscience (COC). Before coming to the Holocaust Museum, Heffernan was a Senior Investigator and Communications Associate with Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), where he led three investigations to the Darfur region of Sudan and was the lead author of PHR’s report, Assault on Survival. He presented the report to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands in February 2006. In 1995, Heffernan helped establish and run as, Executive Director, the Coalition for International Justice, a Washington-based non-governmental organization created to support the work of the international war crimes tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. As Country Representative for the former Yugoslavia, he managed a humanitarian relief program for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and from 1990 to 1993 he managed IRC’s refugee resettlement program in Khartoum, Sudan. Heffernan has written opinion articles for the New York Times, Washington Post, International Herald-Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, San Diego Union- Tribune and other publications.