USAGM Association

An employee support network for fallen and injured journalists

Background:

Around the world, USAGM journalists risk their lives and livelihoods every day to report the truth to audiences in media-restrictive environments. They remain dedicated to the advancement of freedom and democracy through the free exchange of information and ideas, believing that a more informed world is a safer world. This is a charge that USAGM takes seriously, and in order to so, the agency must capably protect its workforce. Despite its best efforts to ensure the safety of its journalists abroad, USAGM is limited in mobilizing resources and assistance consistent with appropriate policies, laws, and regulations. An employee association like ours can help fill that gap.

Purpose:

  • To provide financial assistance to the families and survivors of USAGM journalists, stringers, or support personnel who die in the course of their USAGM duties, in order to cover funeral costs, living expenses, and other related financial hardship costs
  • To fund evacuation, safety, medical, or other related costs in the event any USAGM journalists, stringers, or support personnel are in immediate life-threatening danger or are injured during the course of their USAGM duties
  • To carry out such other activities as deemed necessary to raise funds for the purposes described above.