The Sentry Mission

War Crimes Shouldn’t Pay.


Over the past two decades, the area stretching from northeast to central Africa has been the deadliest war zone in the world. Tens of millions of people have perished or been displaced as a result of violent kleptocracy — a lethal nexus of extreme violence, grand corruption, and competition over vast natural resources.

Countries such as Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, and the Central African Republic are often referred to as failed states, but in reality, they are hijacked states. Political, military, and commercial elites in these countries – often collaborating with neighbors – control and run the state and its institutions, use their power to transfer a large fraction of society’s resources to enrich themselves, and use brute force and organized criminal activity to remain in power. In these states, high-level corruption linked to violence is not some occasional exception to the rule; it constitutes the actual system of governance.

Responsibility for mass atrocities in this region of Africa is not limited to those perpetrating or orchestrating violence.  Networks of facilitators extend from the conflict zones into global economic centers and use legitimate systems of international finance, trade, and transportation to fund and equip warring parties, as well as launder the spoils of war, often in pursuit of their own profits. The points of convergence, where illicit schemes rely on legitimate global financial and transport infrastructure, at times represent the most profitable links in the conflict value chain, and also those most vulnerable to disruption, and thus a policy response.

Co-founded by George Clooney and John Prendergast, The Sentry is composed of financial forensic investigators, policy analysts, and regional experts who follow the dirty money and build investigative cases focusing on the corrupt transnational networks most responsible for Africa’s deadliest conflicts. By creating a significant financial cost to these kleptocrats through network sanctions, anti-money laundering measures, prosecutions, and other tools, The Sentry aims to disrupt the profit incentives for mass atrocities and oppression, and creates new leverage in support of peace efforts and African frontline human rights defenders. The Sentry’s partner, the Enough Project, undertakes high-level advocacy with policy-makers around the world as well as wide-reaching education campaigns by mobilizing students, faith-based groups, celebrities, and others. The Sentry currently focuses its work in South Sudan, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Central African Republic.

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


John Prendergast


Brian Adeba

South Sudan Investigative Analyst

Zain Ahmad

Esq, Legal Counsel

Brad Brooks-Rubin

Managing Director

John Dell'Osso

Senior Investigator

Carlton Greene

Esq., Legal Counsel

Greg Hittelman

Communications Director

Michelle Kendler-Kretsch


Debra LaPrevotte

Senior Investigator

Lee Levine, Esq.

Legal Counsel

Sophie Lombardo


Praveen Madhiraju, Esq.

Legal Counsel

J.R. Mailey

Investigations Director

Shannon Mizzi


Hilary Mossberg

AML/CFT Advisor

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

Joshua White

Director of Policy and Analysis

Board Members

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


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:

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

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


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

The Sentry

The Sentry Video

We want to
follow the money and find out how mass atrocities are funded.


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

About C4ADS
C4ADS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to data-driven analysis and evidence-based reporting of conflict and security issues worldwide. We utilize cutting-edge emerging technologies to manage, integrate, and analyze disparate data, from diverse languages, regions, and sources, including our ownfield research in conflict zones and fragile states. Beyond pure data collection and analysis, we seek to produce and disseminate compelling content to engage both international and local audiences on issues of conflict and security. In doing so, we fill a critical gap left by traditional public sector institutions and profit-driven contractors.