Caroline Dulaney is the program officer for human protection at the Stanley Foundation. She previously worked as a grantmaker at Wellspring Advisors, a philanthropic consulting firm that promotes the full realization of human rights. At Wellspring, she worked on the Atrocities Prevention and Response team, focused on supporting the ecosystem of grantees, from the global to the local, that prevent atrocities and protect civilians from mass violence. She played an integral role in her team’s strategic planning process, evaluating previous programming and developing a new direction for the work. Prior to Wellspring, she worked at Refugees International, coordinating the Partnership for Effective Peacekeeping to foster discussion around necessary structural reforms to strengthen peacekeeping. A graduate of Amherst College, she has also completed coursework at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
What do you do at the foundation, and how long have you been here?
I am the program officer for human protection, and I lead our work to prevent and halt mass atrocities. I collaborate with our partners to achieve our joint aim of promoting effective prevention policy. My team convenes high-level experts, drawing from multilateral institutions, governments, and civil society, to openly discuss pressing questions in the field, and we also develop policy analysis that advance the conversation. We have a number of strong and long-term partnerships with other institutions to implement prevention programming, notably in the Latin American region. In practice, I spend part of my time planning, determining how we as a foundation can be most strategic in our work in this area, and the rest on implementation of our projects out in the field.
What do you like most about your job?
It is such a privilege to work in an organization that constructively tackles the big peace and security issues of our time. I feel extremely fortunate to play an active role in contributing to the policy change that helps to keep at-risk communities safe from mass violence. My colleagues are excellent—very smart, committed, and down to earth. And, of course, I have enjoyed working alongside our collaborators on important projects that bring us closer, however incrementally, to making “Never again” a reality.
Where are you from?
I am from Arlington, Virginia, right across the river from Washington, DC. Arlington was a fantastic place to grow up, and I was fortunate to spend my formative years taking in all that the DC area has to offer: class trips to the Smithsonian Institution, mornings at the Tidal Basin when the cherry blossoms are in bloom, weekends hiking in the Shenandoah Mountains. I spent a year working as an environmental educator for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation before college, and I still feel a strong connection to the marshland on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
What are your hobbies?
The ideal day for me is spent on the beach with a stack of books and an iced coffee in hand. I am a public health nerd. I love to travel, and I have been lucky to explore many parts of the world. I enjoy hiking, running, and swimming. Finally, I like to check out local farms, and I make a mean kale salad, the one dish that I have somehow never managed to botch.Genocide Prevention
Genocide and mass atrocities can be prevented by promoting the acceptance of states' sovereign responsibilities to ensure basic human protection. The world must help countries meet those responsibilities and ensure an effective multilateral response when states prove unwilling to honor them, a preventive framework outlined by the United Nations' Responsibility to Protect.
Strategic Early Prevention, Capacity Building
To prevent the next mass atrocity, the Stanley Foundation engages UN officials, diplomats, and policymakers to support full implementation of the Responsibility to Protect—particularly as a preventive framework. We work to promote strategic policy approaches to pre-crisis atrocity prevention and greater international coordination in both preventing and responding to mass atrocity threats.