Jimmie Briggs

Jimmie can speak to reporting in conflict zones, drug use, youth trauma, race, guns, sexual and gender-based violence, war-affected children and youth, and investigative reporting. Jimmie also speaks French.

Jimmie Briggs is a documentary journalist, lecturer, and advocate for gender equality. A member of the New York City Mayor’s Gender Equity Commission, he is also a faculty member teaching documentary journalism and photography at the International Center of Photography in New York.

He is the founder and executive director emeritus of Man Up Campaign, a globally-focused organisation to activate youth to stop violence against women and girls. This led to his selection as the winner of the 2010 GQ Magazine “Better Men Better World” search, and as one of the Women’s eNews ‘21 Leaders for the 21st Century’. Jimmie has served as an adjunct professor

of investigative journalism at the New School for Social Research, and was a George A Miller Visiting Professor in the Department of African and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois: Champaign-Urbana.

Briggs a National Magazine Award finalist and recipient of honors from the Open Society Institute, National Association of Black Journalists, Fund for Investigative Journalism, Congressional Black Caucus, and scores of others. His 2005 book Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go To War took readers into the lives of war-affected children around the world including Colombia, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Rwanda, and Uganda. His next book is a history of Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of Michael Brown Jr.’s murder in 2014.

He holds a Medal of Distinction from Barnard College.


Project: The psychosocial impact of rape and sexual violence in conflict.