Crisis Action works with individuals and organisations from global civil society to protect civilians from armed conflict. They are an international organisation with offices in Brussels, Johannesburg, London, MENA, Nairobi, New York, Paris and Washington DC. They act as a convenor of joint action whose work behind the scenes enables coalitions to work quickly and effectively. As a coordinating body they seek no public profile or media spotlight; it is the voice of the coalition that matters.
Crisis Action was founded in 2004 by the pioneering campaigner Guy Hughes, who was Executive Director of Crisis Action until his tragic death in a climbing accident in January 2006. Angered by the failure of UK protests against the UK government’s decision to go to war in Iraq, Hughes created Crisis Action to build mainstream coalitions that could compel the world’s most powerful people to take action to protect civilians.