Dear South Sudanese and Friends of South Sudan,

The Coalition of Advocates for South Sudan (CASS) is pleased to invite you to its 2nd Annual Conference scheduled for September 25-26, 2016 in Washington, DC.

The theme of the conference this year is Unity and Partnership:  Supporting a Just and Sustainable Peace in South Sudan.  The first day of the conference will prepare us for meetings with Members of Congress on the second day.

100 seats available – the registration deadline is September 22nd!

Register online at

Purpose:              To work towards the vision of a peaceful and prosperous South Sudan* that was articulated at the 1st Annual CASS Conference by continuing to build unity among the Diaspora and by training the Diaspora to advocate effectively in order to strengthen the partnership between South Sudan and the United States.

Background:       South Sudan is trying to emerge from post-independence conflict and the future is unclear.  What is certain is the positive impact a united Diaspora can have in supporting a just and sustainable peace in South Sudan, in part, by engaging effectively with the U.S. government to encourage its ongoing support of the people of South Sudan.  The U.S. has been a key partner in ending violence and providing aid and support for development in South Sudan.  Given the ongoing political, economic and humanitarian crises in South Sudan, U.S. engagement is critical now.  The November elections will require additional effort to educate and engage new U.S. leaders.


Sunday, September 25, 2016:     One hundred (100) representatives from the diverse South Sudanese communities in the Diaspora and friends of South Sudan will convene to hear from experts and political and civil society leaders.  They will receive advocacy training and throughout the day, identify the key asks for government officials in the U.S., South Sudan and the international community. 

  • 8:30am        Registration
  • 9:00am        Opening Remarks - Kwaje Lasu, CASS Board Chair
  • 9:30am        Keynote Speaker
  • 10:30am       Advocacy Training: The Basics, Mike Brand, Director of Policy and Programs, Jewish World Watch
  • 11:00am        BREAK
  • 11:15am         Panel 1:  Protection, Justice and Accountability
    Dr. Jacqueline Wilson, Principal, Civic Fusion International
    Brian Adeba, Associate Director of Policy, Enough Project
    Gabriel Swiney, Attorney Adviser, Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State
  • 12:15pm    LUNCH


  • 1:15pm          Panel 2:  Humanitarian Aid, Healing and Reconciliation
    Richard Parkins, Executive Director, AFRECS
    Hanna Andrew K. Dijok, Executive Director, Sisters Hope for South Sudan
    John Dau, John Dau Foundation
    Steve Hilbert,
    Office on International Justice and Peace at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
    Bill Andress, Trinity South Sudan Ministry
  • 2:15pm         Advocacy Training:  Practice Makes Perfect, Mike Brand, JWW
  • 3:00pm BREAK


  • 3:30pm        Panel 3:  U.S. Policy on South Sudan
    Dr. Luka Biong, Global Fellow at PRIO, Associate Professor, University of Juba
    Sarah Rial, Founder and Executive Director, Global Partnership for Peace in South Sudan

    David Abramowitz, Managing Director, Humanity United
  • 4:30pm        Panel 4:  How can the U.S. support South Sudan, South Sudanese Political Leaders
    H.E. Garang Diing Akuong, The Ambassador of South Sudan to the U.S.
    Amb. Reath M. Tang, SPLM-IO Representative to the U.S.
    Joseph B. Bakosoro, Former Governor, Western Equatoria
    Pa’gan Amum, Co-Founder, South Sudan Reborn
    Amb. Emmanuel Aban, National Democratic Movement
  • 6:30pm         BREAK


  • 7:00pm         Advocacy Training:  Finalize Advocacy Asks for Congressional Meetings on Monday
  • 8:00pm         END

Monday, September 26, 2016:   South Sudanese and friends of South Sudan will meet with key members of Congress as well as representatives from their home state.

Registration Fee ($20) and Tax Deductible Donations: 

  • To cover the cost of the conference, registration includes a fee of $20We welcome and encourage donations above that amount.  Donations in excess of $20 are tax deductible.
  • Sudan Sunrise is serving as the fiscal sponsor for the conference.  Sudan Sunrise is a 501c3 tax-exempt non-profit organization.
  • Online payments and donations can be made at  For "Gift Designation", please choose Coalition of Advocates for South Sudan. 
  • Or please mail checks to Sudan Sunrise, 11404 Summer House Court, Reston, VA   20194 and note “CASS” in the memo line.
  • Donors who contribute $100 or more will be recognized in the conference program.

Please let us know if you have any questions.  We look forward to seeing you in Washington on September 25th!  Please register now at

Best regards,

Kwaje Lasu
Board Chair, CASS

*1st Annual CASS Conference Vision for South Sudan

South Sudan is a reconciled, unified and stable country, proud of its diversity as represented by its 64 tribes and enjoying equality, peace and harmony.

The government of South Sudan is a democratic federal government whose powers are vested by a permanent citizen-informed constitution and who leaders are qualified and committed to serving the people of South Sudan and whose systems are efficient, transparent and free of corruption.

The people of South Sudan are educated and healthy and they enjoy all freedoms, protection through justice, accountability and the rule of law, and prosperity through the effective management of the country’s resources and the empowerment of its people to realize their unlimited potential.  South Sudan is an example for the continent and it is respected by the nations.