Committed to making Iraq safe and prosperous again
During the regime of Saddam Hussein, news reports in the mid-1990s told of a public health and humanitarian crisis in Iraq compounded by comprehensive United Nations trade sanctions. Children who were dangerously ill could not receive adequate life-saving health care, young people were unable to attend school due to poverty or a lack of basic necessities, and a significant part of the country was malnourished. Iraqis were cut off from the outside world while human rights defenders who dared to speak freely were jailed or killed by Saddam Hussein’s regime.
Recognizing the need to act, EPIC was founded in 1998 by veterans of the Gulf War who believe that a human security approach can make Iraq safe and prosperous again. EPIC brought together veterans, Iraqis, aid workers, doctors, faith communities, and concerned Americans as a grassroots movement took hold. EPIC became a leading voice in the United States, amplifying the authentic concerns of everyday Iraqis and leading the conversation in Washington on the impact of economic sanctions and human rights violations.
Today, EPIC works one-on-one with civil society leaders in Iraq to provide relief to vulnerable populations, monitor the crisis to better inform public policy, and enhance understanding of Iraq’s story. EPIC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization registered in the District of Columbia and operates with three full-time employees, an eight member Board of Directors, and numerous volunteer advisers based in the United States, Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan, and elsewhere around the world. EPIC’s ultimate vision is a safe and prosperous Iraq in which all citizens live with the freedom from want, freedom from fear, and freedom to live with dignity.
EPIC’s strategy is based on a human security approach to aid relief and policy-making. Our goals are to educate Americans about the value of Iraq, provide emergency assistance to the country’s most vulnerable populations, and convince the international community to remain engaged in Iraq while providing the humanitarian, security, and political support necessary to break the cycle of violence. EPIC’s capacity to add value is rooted in our 20 years of experience working on the issues, our networks in Iraq and around the world, and our reputation as an independent, impartial, and non-partisan organization.