The International Human Rights Law Program at the UCLA School of Law presents a talk by John Dau, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan who came to the US in 2001. Most recently, Dau was featured in the award-winning documentary, God Grew Tired of Us.
Professor David Kaye, Executive Director of the International Human Rights Law Program, welcomes John Dau to UCLA to discuss John's life and his work in Sudan.
About John Dau:
John Dau is a survivor of a 14-year journey from his home village in Duk County, Sudan in 1987 to his arrival in Syracuse, New York in 2001. As a young boy he fled Sudanese government troops and eventually arrived at the Kukuma refugee camp in Kenya in 1992. During this journey of more than 1,000 miles, he led thousands of younger children through violence and starvation. Selected to come to Syracuse, New York along with 140 other "Lost Boys of Sudan" in 2001, John pursued the “American Dream.” He brought his sister and mother to Syracuse and is now married with a daughter and son.
While working 60 hours a week as a security guard, he completed his Associate's Degree at Onondaga Community College and started his BA in Policy Studies at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship.
He now speaks professionally throughout the United States and is President of the John Dau Foundation based in Syracuse, New York. In 2006, he was featured in the award-winning documentary, God Grew Tired of Us, and, with Michael Sweeney, wrote his first book entitled God Grew Tired of Us: A Memoir, published by National Geographic in 2007.
As a human rights activist for the people of South Sudan, he has lived a remarkable life of cultural adaptation. John has received many prestigious awards, including National Geographic's Emerging Explorers Award and was a Volvo for Life finalist in the Quality of Life category which carried a contribution from Volvo of $25,000 to the John Dau Foundation. John was also named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader for 2008.
As a leader, John is an experienced social entrepreneur. He has started three 501(c)3 organizations. He is an advisor for two of these organizations, the Sudanese Lost Boys Foundation of New York and the American Care for Sudan Foundation, both of which operate with independent boards. His primary effort now is to build the John Dau Foundation into a financially stable organization that supports the building and maintenance of clinics in South Sudan.
More information about John and his foundation can be found at http://johndaufoundation.org/.
About the International Human Rights Law Program
The International Human Rights Law Program at UCLA School of Law, the first program of its kind in southern California, brings together cutting-edge human rights education, scholarship, advocacy and policy-oriented research. As one of the finest research universities in the world, situated at a major global crossroads and in one of the most diverse regions in the country, UCLA is emerging as a vital center for international human rights work.
For more information about the UCLA School of Law's International Human Rights Law Program, visit http://www.law.ucla.edu/home/index.asp?page=2730.
Cost: Free and open to the public; pay-by-space and all-day ($10) parking available.
James S. Coleman African Studies Center
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