Attorney Carrie Crawford is co-founder and Chair of the Friends of the Congo. She has been an aggressive advocate for immigrants rights in the United States and has litigated numerous cases pertaining to humanitarian international law. As a practicing attorney, she has served as General Counsel for organizations providing services for the protection of human and civil rights of individuals living with HIV/AIDS and other vulnerable populations including the Institute on African Affairs and JurisAids.
Attorney Crawford has served as a technical advisor to government on environmental issues. And was co-chair of the American Bar Association Africa Subcommittee which organized official delegations to South Africa and Nigeria. She is an Executive Board member of Congo Global Action and a member of the African Judicial Network. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law and Morgan State University. She is admitted in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Paul Anthony Pumphrey has been an organizer and activist for over forty years. In 1998, Mr. Pumphrey co-founded Brothers and Sisters International (BASI) as a 501 C3 non-profit organization whose focus is economic development and human rights in the Americas, the Caribbean and Africa.
Mr. Pumphery’s political work spans over four decades. In 1968, ‘78, ’83 and ‘88 Mr. Pumphrey was a deputy coordinator of crowd control for the Southern Christian Leadership’s (SCLC) Marchs on Washington; and for the Stand for Children March in 1997. He volunteered with Jesse Jackson’s 1984 and 1988 bid for the US Presidency; and the Ron Daniel’s 1992 bid for the US Presidency.
Maurice Carney is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Friends of the Congo. He has worked with Congolese for over fifteen years in their struggle for peace, justice and human dignity.
Mr. Carney possesses two bachelors degrees, a masters degree and is pursuing a Ph.D. in political science. He has worked with civic associations in West Africa providing training on research methodology and survey. He served as the interim Africa working group coordinator for Reverend Jesse Jackson while he was Special Envoy to Africa. Mr. Carney has worked as a research analyst for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and as a research consultant for the Congressional Black Caucus.
He has provided analysis on the Congo for Al Jazeera, ABC News, Democracy Now, Real News Network, Pambazuka News, All Africa News, and a host of other media outlets.
Bibiane Aningina Tshefu
Aningina Tshefu Bibiane has a BA in Social work and Community Development. She is an expert and activist on women’s rights with specific focus on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and sexual violence in Africa. She is dedicated to the struggle for change in the lives of Congolese women. Ms Tshefu holds a certificate in transitional justice (2007) and peace building (2002 and 2007); prepared the civil society training programme for the International Criminal Court; provided coaching to Congolese women to support and promote political participation for the peace process; and legal support for the new law on sexual violence in Congo.
With over 10 years experience of research and advocacy as a consultant working in the area of women, peace and security for the implementation of UN SCR 1325, she raises awareness of the consequences of the proliferation of small arms and links to violations of women’s human rights, sexual violence and impunity.
Born in Okolo in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) prior to the death of Mobutu Sese Seko, she attended University at Kinshasa and subsequently attended Universite Libre in Brussels, Belgium between 1986 and 1989. She received her license in Social Work, Community Development, and Social Cultural Facilitation in 1989 and returned to DRC where she was an advisor to various government ministers, including the Minister for the Status of Women and the Minister of Justice.
In 1994, she moved to the USA and became a consultant for various international non-governmental organizations (NGO) and the United Nations (UN). During this time the primary focus of Ms. Tshefu’s work has been development of local NGOs working on women‘s human rights and children’s issues in Africa, and increasing the visibility of Congolese women.
Her accomplishments include: her leadership role in the NGO coalition which successfully advocated for the adoption of UN SCR 1325; securing recognition of Congolese women representatives during the 2002 Inter-Congolese Dialogue which led to the first, countrywide elections in 2006; and her leadership role in the worldwide NGO coalition, which, in March, 2007, adopted the Nairobi Declaration On Women’s and Girls’ Right To A Remedy and Reparation.
Ms. Tshefu is a co-founder of the RAF (Reseau Action Femmes Kinshasa) in 1994 and of the Caucus des Femmes in Nairobi 2002, and the Dynamique des Femmes Politiques. Between 2002-2007 she was a permanent consultant to the UN gender Office in Congo and, in 2003, led a UNDP assignment to evaluate the implementation of the UNSCR 1325 in the Mano River and Great Lakes countries.
Ms Tshefu is a member of IANSA with particular focus on the IANSA Women’s Network; the coalition for Women’s Human rights in Conflicts situations; the focal point of Women as Partner for Peace in Africa (WOPPA)/DRC and various Congolese women’s organizations in New York. At the UN she is a spokesperson on their behalves. As part of the New York branch of WILPF she attended the 10th anniversary of V/Day and started a project to raise awareness about sexual violence in Congo.
Chief Technology Officer
A veteran technologist of a quarter century, from Capitol Hill to Hollywood to Silicon Valley to Wall Street, Cai has been a trusted aide for leaders and influencers needing an understanding of emerging technologies; as well as guidance for their policies and strategies. Descending himself from four generations of ministers and spiritual leaders, he has always stayed committed to the adage: technology without values is power gone awry.
His role with Friends of The Congo follows this same alignment, as he constantly works to explore how technology which is a privilege of the most powerful can be extended to uplift and strengthen the least of these.
Through relationships established while a technologist-in-residence with the University of San Francisco, he is now a member of a cancer research team (Health Informatics graduate program) pioneering work on Actionable Genomic Factors With Cancer and Persons of African Ancestry.