The Stanley Foundation
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Jessica Kline
Program Associate, Mass Violence & Atrocities

Jessica Kline is program associate for the mass violence and atrocities prevention team at the Stanley Foundation. As program associate, she assists in the design and implementation of programming that engages a diverse network of stakeholders to help societies prevent, respond to, and recover from mass atrocities. Before coming to the Foundation, Kline completed internships with the US Department of State’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, the Carter Center’s Democracy Program, and the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials. She also studied in Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Ecuador, allowing her to gain a greater understanding of regional human rights issues and response mechanisms. Kline focused her graduate studies on human rights law and gender analysis in international affairs, and wrote her thesis on the evolution of the Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar. She holds an MA in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a BS in international affairs and modern languages from Georgia Tech.

Mass Violence and Atrocities

Large-scale and systematic violence are on the rise around the globe—disrupting societies, creating spillover effects, and stretching the international system thin. The consequences of failing to prevent such violence are too great to ignore.

Stakeholders at all levels are demanding new strategies for preventing, responding to, and recovering from mass violence. To overcome the threat to global peace and security, state and nonstate actors alike must work collectively to design fresh approaches to strengthening societal resilience to mass violence and atrocities.

Current Work

To ensure that diverse stakeholders at all levels create durable and inclusive institutions and mechanisms that strengthen societal resilience to mass violence and atrocities, the Stanley Foundation focuses on: 

  • Helping establish prevention-focused regional networks that support effective policy action at the national, regional, and international levels to build resilience.
  • Engaging different policy sectors to work effectively together to develop and promote a resilience agenda.
  • Promoting evidence of “what works” in building resilience at the regional, national, and local levels in global-reform processes.  

Building on the foundation’s work on genocide and mass atrocity prevention, this work draws on our strengths as a convener of key stakeholders, including international and regional organizations, national governments, civil society, and the private sector. We commission expert analysis to encourage innovative policy ideas and actively engage the media on policy issues related to strengthening resilience to mass violence and atrocities. 

Contact Kelsey Paul Shantz for more information.