The Conflict Awareness Project (CAP) is an international non-governmental organization dedicated to investigating, documenting, and bringing to justice major arms traffickers, war profiteering networks, and transnational criminal organizations that fuel conflict around the globe.


CAP uniquely focuses on building and supporting precedent-setting criminal cases that help close the gaps in international and domestic laws and deter private actors and companies fostering the world’s most horrific wars and human rights abuses.


CAP is building momentum to pioneer the first war crimes case against an arms trafficker under international criminal law.


CAP has developed a model approach that not only demonstrates the validity but also establishes the methodology for a parallel NGO process to assist prosecutors and related rule of law bodies at the local, regional and international level with transnational, on-the-ground, investigative research, case support, expert consultation, and training.CAP works in collaboration with local actors, multilateral organizations, pro bono legal firms, and other partners in the global justice movement to raise awareness and support for prosecutions as well as to promote international peace and security.


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The Conflict Awareness Project (CAP) was launched in 2010 by Kathi Lynn Austin, an internationally recognized arms trafficking expert with over thirty years of groundbreaking field research experience. Frustrated by the paucity of prosecutions against international arms smugglers and war profiteers, Ms. Austin determined to establish an NGO dedicated to the championing precedent-setting criminal cases in conjunction with local actors and legal entities around the world. 

As the current Executive Director, Ms. Austin continues to advance the institutional and programmatic development of CAP with the help of a highly qualified staff and Board Members. 

To learn more about how you can support this effort, 
click here. Please donate to support CAP's daily work. Unleash a powerful force to bring major arms traffickers and war profiteers to justice, to save lives and and build a more peaceful world. 

The Conflict Awareness Project is a recognized 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible.


Board of Directors

CAP Crew

Executive Director: 

Kathi Lynn Austin

Administration and Finance:

Mary Fields

Pro Bono Legal Services:

International Senior Lawyers Project 


Evelyn MessInger

Awaken VR

Eric Shamlin


Brian Freskos

Riaan Venter

Tish Lampert

Social Media:

Oscar Bautista

Mary Fields

Policy Support:

Melina Selverston

CAP Board Members

Bryan Rich

Claudia Brose

Diana Fuller

CAP Partners

Carte Blanche

Open Society Justice Initiative


About CAP
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