A National Magazine Award finalist and recipient of honors from the Open Society Institute, National Association of Black Journalists and the Carter Center for Mental Health Journalism, Jimmie Briggs’ book on child soldiers and war-affected children Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go To War won him accolades in 2005, and took readers into the lives of war-affected children around the world. Further, Briggs 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. He was the founding executive director of Man Up, a global campaign to activate youth to stop violence against women and girls. Harnessing the universal power of music, sport and technology, Man Up provides innovative training, resources and support to young women and men and the organizations with whom they collaborate. Recently, as executive director he led LOVE-U.S. (Leave Out Violence), a media arts program engaging violence-affected youth to become leaders for transformation within their communities and homes.
The next book for Briggs is a study of inter-generational trauma in communities affected by recurring violence, “Get Through.” For his work with Man Up Campaign and the issue of violence against women, Briggs was selected as the winner of the 2010 GQ Magazine “Better Men Better World” Search, as well as one of Women’s eNews’ 21 Leaders for the 21st Century. He is a member of the Project for the Advancement of Our Common Humanity, (PACH) at New York University, as well as an honorary commissioner on the New York City Commission for Gender Equity.