Prior to publishing a press release or contacting policy makers a strategy session will be held to assess the most efficient use of the Center’s resources and the specific policy makers who are most likely to be able to effect the ground situation.  Once that list is complete, two things will happen simultaneously.  A press release will be drafted for distribution to the wire, press, UN, US State Department, specific foreign ministries and other policy making or human rights entities. Concurrently the Director and one or two monitors and possibly a senior fellow will begin to call policy makers according to the strategic plan.  After the press release has been drafted it will be edited and then released via fax and internet to the remaining policy makers.  Offices should be contacted in an effort to follow up the receipt of the fax and the disposition of the information.  It is appropriate to ask staffers what course of action in response to the information is being taken.  It is very important to receive and record the individuals and the organizations who are verbally contacted and who indicate that the information is being reviewed.

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