International Services

  • International Humanitarian Law

Most victims of war today neither wear a uniform nor carry a gun. They are civilians - among them the most vulnerable, including women, children, and the elderly. International Humanitarian Law exists to guard civilians during times of armed conflict, as well as to protect wounded and sick combatants and prisoners of war. The American Red Cross has a unique mandate to educate the American public about International Humanitarian Law, the Movement’s guiding principles, and the role of the Red Cross during armed conflict.

Today, our local chapter fulfills this mandate by educating the community about these issues through our free Introduction to International Humanitarian Law course and other community presentations. These trainings and presentations can be tailored to fit any audience for any length of time. If you would like to request a free training or become a volunteer community educator, please call the American Red Cross at (206) 323-2345 or email Sarah Rothman, International Services and Language Bank Manager, at

If you are a teacher or educator who wants to incorporate International Humanitarian Law into your classroom curriculum, please visit: