About Yazda

Yazda – A Global Organization 


Yazda is a multi-national Yazidi global organization established in the aftermath of the Yazidi Genocide in 2014, to support the Yazidi ethno-religious minority and other vulnerable groups. Yazda’s main branch is registered in the United States under Article 501 c3.  Yazda is also registered in Germany, Iraq, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and is in the process of registration in Australia and Canada.

Yazda-US operates out of both Houston and Lincoln in the United States with a newly established Community Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. Yazda-Iraq consists of the main office, a women’s center, and a documentation facility in the city of Dohuk, Kurdistan Region-Iraq; a mobile clinic in northern Sinjar; and a base office in Sinone, Sinjar.

Our community mission includes various educational, integration, community development and cultural preservation programs.

Yazda was named one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Social Good by Fast Company magazine for 2017. Yazda works in partnership with numerous high profile international organisations such as UNDP, WHO, NCA and Human Rights Watch. In addition, Yazda has many well-known partners and supporters such as Amal Clooney, who is currently acting as a Counsel for Yazda, and Louis Moreno Ocampo, former Chief Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court. Furthermore, Yazda’s work has been positively referenced in many UN reports and Yazda’s reports have been cited by many international organizations and media outlets as sources of reliable and credible information.

Yazda employs over 90 full time paid staff in northern Iraq alone and benefits from a network of hundreds of committed volunteers from all around the world. The main mission of Yazda is to support the survivors of the Yazidi genocide and to ensure the future safety of the Yazidis and other ethno-religious minority groups in Iraq and Syria. Yazda is supporting the Yazidi and other communities in three main areas including humanitarian, advocacy, and community development.

Yazda’s humanitarian mission supports the Yazidi people and other vulnerable groups in the areas of trauma treatment for victims of enslavement, health care, case management for vulnerable individuals, humanitarian aid distribution, and Sinjar Outreach humanitarian project. Yazda partners with a group of leading international and national organizations to conduct its mission.
advocacy work targets  the international community, the United Nations, governments and international organisations and agencies, aiming to raise awareness about human rights issues, uncover ISIS crimes, seek recognition of the Yazidi Genocide by parliaments and governments, support Nadia Murad and other survivors to deliver their messages, document the evidence of the genocide and hold perpetrators accountable, establishing a secure future for Yazidis.

Our Goals:

  1. Protection of the Yazidi people throughout the world and the prevention of future genocides against Yazidis.

  2. Supporting the survivors of the Yazidi genocide.

  3. Strengthening ties between Yazidi organizations around the world to ensure future protection of the Yazidi people. Yazda will work with other Yazidi organizations to form an umbrella organization for Yazidi communities worldwide.

  4. Commitment to finding a safe home country for the Yazidi ethnic group where they are protected by the law to ensure that no future genocide or violence will target Yazidis.

  5. Working to locate and free Yazidi abductees who were abducted by terrorists during the ISIL genocide campaign against the Yezidi people.

  6. Organizing treatment and therapy for Yazidi genocide survivors, especially for women who were subject to sexual slavery and children who have been subject to severe trauma.

  7. Locating lost Yazidis and organizing investigations on behalf of the victims of the Yazidi Genocide.

  8. Documenting the Yazidi Genocide and collecting evidence on the extent of the human and material loss.

  9. Collecting personal stories from Yazidi Genocide Survivors.

  10. Yazda is committed to writing and documenting every single story.

  11. Building a Yazidi Genocide Museum in the capitals of the free world to educate the world on the Yazidi Genocide.

  12. Working with countries and institutions of the free world to protect other ethnic groups in the world and help prevent future genocides.

  13. Working on strengthening dialogue amongst world populations.

  14. Promote and support educational and cultural exchange programs between Yazidi Genocide Survivors and contribute to their healing.

  15. Coordinate with U.S. hospitals and clinics to accept genocide victims for treatment and therapy.

  16. Promote research on the history, culture, and contemporary struggles of the Yazidi people.

  17. Defend the rights of Yazidis and other ethnic-religious minorities, especially in Iraq and Syria.

  18. Advancement of health and the saving of lives among the Yazidi Community, including: (i) by providing medical items and services to such individuals in need; and (ii) locating a territory or territories in which the Yazidi Community can safely settle;

  19. Prevention or relief of poverty among the Yazidi Community, including by providing grants, items and services to such individuals in need

  20. Advancement of community development, including by recording and making available to the public records of the cultural and religious customs and beliefs of the Yazidi Community

  21. Advancement of religious harmony and equality and diversity by promoting mutual understanding between the Yazidi Community and other communities, particularly in the United Kingdom.

Yazda Vision: Unite Our Nation - Never Another Genocide


Yazda Registration Numbers        

  1. Yazda USA: 802053471

  2. Yazda Germany: HRB 759508

  3. Yazda UK: 10484891

  4. Yazda Sweden: 802503-2767

  5. Yazda Iraq: 3552 CODE 2416-F

  6. Yazda Australia: Processing