PROOF was conceived at a
photojournalism conference when founders Leora Kahn and Collin Finley
decided to use the power of photography to call attention to the
genocide in Darfur.
- PROOF partnered with Amnesty International to produce a book, "Darfur: Twenty Years of War and Genocide in Sudan." Amnesty International created a curriculum for high school students based on the book.
- PROOF partnered with the Holocaust Museum of Houston to create the exhibition “Darfur: Photo Journalists Respond.” The 25 images vividly represented the reality of genocide, and the people in the photographs are a reminder of life’s beauty and preciousness. PROOF’s exhibit informed viewers and inspired them to take action.
- In 2007, the prosecutor of the International Criminal court approached PROOF with the idea of creating a book on the issue of child soldiers. This book features 34 prominent photographers and focuses on countries with a history of child warfare as captured by photographers and writers from across the globe. It explores the children’s time as combatants as well as their demobilization and rehabilitation. PROOF’s “Child Soldiers: Forced to be Cruel” exhibit is based on the book "Child Soldiers," by Leora Kahn. It features 40 photographs of child soldiers from around the world who have been manipulated by war criminals and subjected to unspeakable violence. The goal of the book is to influence international policy makers to stop the use of child soldiers around the world.
- PROOF’s Darfur exhibit began traveling around the U.S., together with the film, Darfur Now, starting with JFK High School in Plainview New York.
- PROOF and sponsor Deutsche Welle opened the first exhibition of Child Soldiers at the Bonnkunst museum in Germany.
- PROOF approached the U.N. Children in Armed Conflict office to create a worldwide traveling exhibition on child soldiers that opened at the U.N. in November. The exhibit has since traveled to Vienna, Mexico, Tokyo, and Canada as well as to several universities in the U.S.
- PROOF partnered with the Child Soldiers initiative headed by General Romeo Dallaire.
- Ms. Kahn spoke at the 2008 colloquium “Rescuers of Genocide Victims: Research Perspectives for the Future” at the Genocide Studies Program-Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics 2009 symposium, Yale University.
- PROOF’s "Child Soldiers" was exhibited in Rome, hosted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the City of Rome as part of the symposium, “Children and Young People Affected by War: Learn, Understand, Act.”
- "Child Soldiers" was exhibited in Bonn, Germany, at the Media and Peace Building Conference and the Bundeskunsthalle Museum.
- "Child Soldiers" was exhibited at the U.N. in New York.
- Ms. Kahn joined the prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, Louie Morano Ocampo, in addressing 125 member states of the U.N.
- PROOF’s Darfur exhibit continued traveling in the U.S. to the Boston Public Library, University of Arkansas, Anne Kittrell Gallery, Illinois Holocaust Center, and Idaho State Historical Museum, together with the film, Darfur Now.
- PROOF’s "Child Soldiers" was exhibited at the U.N. and at Powerhouse in New York City.
- "Child Soldiers" exhibit was also on display in Rome, Italy, at the Campidoglio, in Mexico City Mexico, and at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Beppu, Japan.
- PROOF opened its exhibition of Rwandan Rescuers, which displayed portraits and remarkable stories of Hutus who rescued Tutsis during the Rwandan genocide. This exhibit has traveled to high schools throughout Rwanda.
- Ms. Kahn spoke at Yale University at the Genocide Studies Program-Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics 2009 symposium, “Genocide, Rescue and Prevention: Understanding and Fostering Rescue Behavior in the Face of Mass Killing.”
- PROOF was involved in two conferences on rescuer behavior at Yale University in conjunction with the Genocide Studies Program and the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics.
- The U.S. Embassy in Spain sponsored the travel of the "Picturing Moral Courage: The Rescuers" exhibition around Spain to promote awareness of social justice.
- Darfur continued traveling in the U.S. to the Garlen County Library in Hotsprings, Arkansas; University of New Hampshire, Dimond Library; and Barness Family Jewish Community Center, together with the film, "Darfur Now."
- "Child Soldiers" was exhibited in Japan in Tokyo and at the Kyoto News Gallery and in Vienna, Austria, at the Museum of Military History.
- "Picturing Moral Courage: The Rescuers" traveled to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina for the Media, Arts and Social Change Conference presented by the U.S. Embassy to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Post-Conflict Research Center (PCRC), Center for Justice and Reconciliation, and PROOF: Media for Social Justice. A two-day conference included workshops such as “Creating Dialogue Through Drama” with New York University graduate Yosefa Forma, “Panel Discussions: Using Media for Social Change,” and closing remarks from General Romeo Dallaire, former UNAMIR General who was based in Rwanda during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.
- "Picturing Moral Courage: The Rescuers" traveled to Cambodia for a three-week exhibition at Meta House in Phnom Penh, and included workshops for young adults held by PROOF’s partner, Youth for Peace, a local nongovernmental organization.
- "Picturing Moral Courage: The Rescuers" was also on display at the International Conference on Transitional Justice in Geneva, Switzerland, as well as in the U.S. at the Putney School and Riveredge, Vermont; School of International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont; and San Diego State University, San Diego, California.
- PROOF created a new exhibit called "The Legacy of Rape," which was on display in legal clinics run by the American Bar Association in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- "Picturing Moral Courage: The Rescuers" was on display in the U.S. and in Australia at the following locations: University of Nebraska, Kearney, Nebraska; University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts; Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, New Jersey; Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana; University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota; and the Jewish Holocaust Centre, Melbourne, Australia.
- Yale University’s Genocide Studies Program accepted PROOF’s Testimonies, audio files, and video into its archives.
- "The Legacy of Rape" continued its tour of legal clinics run by the American Bar Association in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- "The Legacy of Rape" was on display at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C. for a conference on sexual violence in conflict areas called “Missing Peace 2013.”
- "The Legacy of Rape" was on display at the 11th International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland.