The Sentry Mission

War Crimes Shouldn’t Pay.

 

The Sentry is an investigative and policy team that follows the dirty money connected to African war criminals and transnational war profiteers and seeks to shut those benefiting from violence out of the international financial system. By disrupting the cost-benefit calculations of those who hijack governments for self-enrichment in East and Central Africa, the deadliest war zone globally since World War II, we seek to counter the main drivers of conflict and create new leverage for peace, human rights, and good governance. The Sentry is composed of financial investigators, international human rights lawyers, and regional experts, as well as former law enforcement agents, intelligence officers, policymakers, investigative journalists, and banking professionals. Co-founded by George Clooney and John Prendergast, The Sentry is a flagship initiative and strategic partner of the Clooney Foundation for Justice.

Within East and Central Africa, which loses billions of dollars a year in illicit financial outflows, mainly from its extraordinary natural resource wealth, The Sentry focuses primarily on the conflict zone spanning Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Central African Republic. We aim to create significant financial consequences for kleptocrats, war criminals, and their international financial facilitators through network sanctions, anti-money laundering measures, prosecutions, compliance actions by banks and other private companies, asset recovery, and other tools of economic and legal pressure. The Sentry engages intensively with policymakers, law enforcement officials, global banks, tech and mining companies, and other private sector entities around the world. We also support activist campaigns involving students, faith-based groups, celebrities, human rights organizations, and other concerned constituencies.

Since our launch in 2016, The Sentry has converted extensive investigative research into evidence-rich reports and dozens of dossiers on individuals and entities connected to grand corruption, violence, or serious human rights abuses. As a result, assets have been frozen, travel has been banned, money-laundering routes have been exposed and shut down, and individuals have been cut off from the international financial system. Much more needs to be done to alter the incentive structure from war to peace, but we are finally seeing consequences imposed on those orchestrating and benefiting from genocide, mass rape, ethnic cleansing, child soldier recruitment, and other crimes against humanity.

Following the money that funds atrocities and crimes against humanity

In order to track and analyze how armed conflict and atrocities are financed, sustained, and monetized, The Sentry uses open source data collection, field research, and state-of-the-art network data analysis technology, and works in partnership with local and international civil society organizations, journalists, and governments.

The Sentry’s investigations produce analytical reporting that engages civil society and media, supports regulatory action and prosecutions, and provides policymakers with the information they require to take effective action.

The Sentry examines the techniques used to benefit financially from armed conflict and atrocities, including:

  • Convergence of licit and illicit systems—illicit actors conceal their operations and launder their profits through globalized systems of finance, trade, and transportation.
  • Regulatory and sanctions evasion—illicit actors find ways to adapt to and avoid international laws, sanctions, and regulations.
  • Disguised beneficial ownership—illicit actors employ increasingly sophisticated methods to disguise their true identities to avoid detection and exposure.
  • Money and commodities laundering – illicit actors launder money and commodities such as gold to disguise their criminal origins and move it through legitimate financial systems undetected.
  • Extractive industries and natural resource trafficking—illicit actors extract, tax, and sell natural resources to fund and sustain their operations.
  • Corruption and illicit financial flows—illicit actors compete violently to capture state resources and divert funds for their own personal enrichment and to finance their armed campaigns.
  • Security sector fraud and abuse—illicit actors manage state and military expenditures to fund off-budget activities with little-to-no transparency or accountability.
  • Elite financing and offshored assets—illicit actors abuse their power and position to accumulate significant wealth that is then laundered through offshore jurisdictions to evade detection.
  • War crimes and crimes against humanity – illicit actors orchestrate crimes against civilian populations in natural resource-rich territories — including enslavement, forced labor, and arbitrary arrests — as a key strategy for taking control over wealth and silencing dissent.

The Sentry’s ultimate objective is to alter the incentive structure of those benefiting financially and politically from conflict and mass atrocities. This will lend greater support to broader accountability measures as well as provide leverage to peace and human rights initiatives aimed at ending Africa’s deadliest conflicts.

The Sentry Team

Investigators, field researchers, analysts, and other staff are not listed for security reasons.

George Clooney

Co-Founder

John Prendergast

Co-Founder

Brian Adeba

Deputy Director of Policy

Zain Ahmad

Esq, Legal Counsel

Suliman Baldo

Senior Adviser

Brad Brooks-Rubin

Managing Director

Willem Cleven

Senior Development Officer

John Dell'Osso

Senior Investigator

Carlton Greene

Esq., Legal Counsel

Greg Hittelman

Communications Director

Michelle Kendler-Kretsch

Investigator

Debra LaPrevotte

Senior Investigator

Lee Levine, Esq.

Legal Counsel

Sasha Lezhnev

Deputy Director of Policy

Sophie Lombardo

Investigator

Praveen Madhiraju, Esq.

Legal Counsel

J.R. Mailey

Investigations Director

Shannon Mizzi

Investigator

Hilary Mossberg

Director of Illicit Finance Policy

Denisse Rudich

Senior Advisor

Stephen Shahida

Esq., Legal Counsel

Danielle Stilz

Senior Development Adviser

Jere Sullivan & the Edelman Team

Pro Bono Communications Support

Megha Swamy

Deputy Director of Policy and Analysis

Michaela Taychert

Administrative Associate

Board Members

Bonnie Abaunza, Don Cheadle, George Clooney, Matt Damon, John Lambros, Brad Pitt, John Prendergast, David Sagal, Sia Sanneh

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Special thanks to Mary Beth Goodman, former Senior Adviser, for her significant work in building the foundation of the Sentry.

Core Supporters

The Sentry couldn't exist without the support
of the following people and institutions:

FOUNDATIONS
Aurora Humanitarian Initiative Foundation
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Clooney Foundation for Justice
Dutch Postcode Lottery
Humanity United
The Hunter Foundation
Newman's Own Foundation
Open Square Charitable Fund
UK Postcode Lottery
Pittsburgh Foundation
Swedish Postcode Lottery Foundation
INDIVIDUALS

Bonnie Abaunza

Carl Allen

Dietrich Ayala

Mike Bandstra

Kristen Bell

Joseph Calihan

Ann Chaitovitz

Cynthia Cwik

Don Cheadle

Teri Doyle Becks

Dawn DeNoon

Annie Duke

Jon Freeman

Frank Giustra

Jill Goldman and Jon Reiss

Ryan Gosling

Michael Grabow

Jackie Jones-Peace

Julie Katzman

Kevin Kells/Kells Family Foundation

Wynnette LaBrosse

John Lambros

John Lamonica

Martin Mikaya/Mikaya Family Foundation

Rebecca Minkoff

Tammy Miller

Walt Miller

Sherri Nelson

John Prendergast

Rob Rotberg

Dave Sagal

Gayle Smith

Defne Tabori

Judy Taylor

Michael Weintraub/Weintraub Family Foundation

Todd Wagner

Marc Winkelman

Ron Willoner

Robin Wright

Gregory Yeary

Hans Zimmer

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The Sentry also offers thanks to the hundreds of people who have shared critical information in order to advance the mission.

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About THE ENOUGH PROJECT

The Enough Project seeks to build leverage for peace and justice in Africa by helping to create real consequences for the perpetrators and facilitators of genocide and other mass atrocities. Enough aims to counter rights-abusing armed groups and violent kleptocratic regimes that are fueled by grand corruption, transnational crime and terror, and the pillaging and trafficking of minerals, ivory, diamonds, and other natural resources. Enough conducts field research in conflict zones, develops and advocates for policy recommendations, supports social movements in affected countries, and mobilizes public campaigns. Learn more – and join us – at www.EnoughProject.org

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