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Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation

Educating a new generation about the ideology, history and legacy of communism

We are an educational and human rights organization devoted to commemorating the more than 100 million victims of communism around the world and to the freedom of those still living under totalitarian regimes.

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Why should I support your work?

The Berlin Wall fell in 1989, but communism didn’t. One hundred years after the Bolshevik Revolution, one-fifth of the world’s population still lives under single-party communist regimes in China, Cuba, Laos, North Korea, and Vietnam.

The free world is shrinking as communist regimes commit the worst human rights abuses across the world. By supporting the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC), you are joining us in our vision of a world free from the false hope of communism.

Why does your charity exist?

Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is an educational and human rights nonprofit authorized by a unanimous Act of Congress, which was signed as Public Law 103-199 by President Bill Clinton on December 17, 1993.

We exist to educate this generation and future generations about the ideology, history, and legacy of communism.

What specifically do you do?

China Studies: We host an annual conference in Washington, D.C. convening scholars, experts, and policymakers in the areas of trade and economics, foreign policy and security, and human rights and political development. The goal of China Forum is to help Americans understand the nature of the People's Republic of China, the Chinese Communist Party, and key issues in US-China relations. We support fellows to conduct new research and publish and promote their work.

College and University Education: We host campus events in all 50 states to help educate students about communism and socialism. Our academic staff and research fellows participate in conferences and expert panels across the country and internationally. We organize class visits by dissidents, witnesses, and scholars on communism from our speakers bureau and partner network.

Country/Region Studies: We engage leading experts in the history, culture, and politics of communist and post-communist countries through our Baltic Studies, Polish Studies, and Latin America Studies programs. We support research fellows in these fields dedicated to studying and publishing work related to the history of communism, post-communist transition, and the legacy and impact of communism in current affairs.

Government Relations: We educate Members of Congress and their staff, federal government officials, and state governments about the ideology, history, and legacy of communism and support the work of our bipartisan Victims of Communism Congressional Caucus. We convene officials for public remembrance events, host briefings and rallies on Capitol Hill, participate in official ministerials and legislative working groups, and convene international policymakers and dissidents through our Transatlantic Forum for Human Rights.

High School Education: We educate students through national high school teacher seminars and in-service professional development workshops based on our curriculum Communism: Its Ideology, Its History, and Its Legacy. We have a speakers bureau of scholars, dissidents, and witnesses of communism who visit classrooms nationwide to share their experiences with students.

Memorial Statue: We built the first memorial in the world dedicated to every single victim of communism, in sight of the U.S. Capitol. It was dedicated by President George W. Bush on June 7, 2007. We use it to convene diverse ethnic and human rights groups, commemorate important historical events, and receive official visits by foreign dignitaries.

Museum Collections, and Exhibits: We accept archival donations and curate exhibits featuring dissident art, including The Gulag Collection by Ukrainian artist Nikolai Getman and the official archives of the International Black Ribbon Day Committee.

Public Information Campaigns: We run advertisements and campaign billboards in prominent places, such as our "Communism Kills" series in Times Square reaching 1.1 million people, to raise public awareness. We garner earned media through staff appearances on major television networks, disseminate eye-catching and instructive graphics on social media, and host public screenings of films and documentaries related to communism.

Witness Project: We produce an award-winning oral history video series featuring the powerful stories of men and women who have witnessed communism. The mini-documentaries are screened internationally at civil society events and disseminated widely online and through social media.

How will this make a difference?

VOC is teaching a new generation the history and legacy of communism. We strive to shape an informed and responsible citizenry.  

How is your work different from that of other, similar charities?

VOC is the only international organization dedicated to honoring the memory of the more than 100 million victims of communism worldwide.

What have you accomplished?
  • Built the first Memorial in the world dedicated to every victim of communism.
  • Awarded more than 60 Truman-Reagan Medals of Freedom to the world's leading dissidents and anticommunist heroes.
  • America's first high school curriculum on communism.
  • Airport and Times Square billboards.
  • Now engaging millions of online users.
  • First ever Presidential National Day for Victims of Communism in 2017.
  • Established a bipartisan Congressional Caucus.
  • Conducts an annual poll on Generational Attitudes Toward Communism, Socialism and Collectivism.
  • Award-winning Witness Project video episodes.
  • Events organized on college campuses in all 50 states.
  • First state government (Virginia) to officially recognize a Victims of Communism Day.
  • Hosted world's largest commemorative event on the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution.
  • Launched the Transatlantic Human Rights Forum.
  • Acquired museum collections and archives including The Gulag Collection paintings, and the International Black Ribbon Day Archive.