Charles Kwuelum works for Mennonite Central Committee, US. As a Senior Legislative Associate for International affairs at the Washington DC Office he monitors, writes, and guides advocacy efforts on U.S public policy related to Africa, global HIV/AIDS, Food Justice and Food Security, Agent Orange, Peacebuilding, Counter-Terrorism/and Counter Violent Extremism and U.S. Police reform (Mass Incarceration) through the Anabaptist lens. He is involved in conducting policy research, analysis, writing, and constituency education while performing networking and speaking responsibilities, with workshop facilitation. He builds grassroots campaigns to encourage constituents and members of Congress to take action by providing them with information on critical issues. Charles also attends congressional committee hearings and coalition meetings, analyzes documents and reports, drafts action alerts, letters, and background reports to keep constituents informed.
He meets with congressional staffers including key House and Senate committees and sub-committees, high-level State Department officials including Assistants Secretary of State for Africa and Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Office of Boko Haram Coordinator and Africa Bureau Team, USAID and U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, presenting policy recommendations and representing MCC’s position on Nigeria, South Sudan, Kenya, DR Congo, Vietnam, Agent Orange, foreign assistance (including humanitarian and development assistance, COVID-19 global pandemic response), global food security and food justice, global HIV/AIDS, peacebuilding, Counter-Terrorism/and Counter Violent Extremism and U.S. Police reform (Mass Incarceration). He also meets with U.S. ambassadors to Nigeria, South Sudan, and Special Envoy to the Sahel region.
Charles presents at congressional briefings and educates congressional staffers and public officials relating to MCC advocacy priorities. And he is currently enrolled at The Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution of George Mason University, Arlington, VA as a PhD student in Peace and Conflict studies.