Michael Otterman is an author and new media specialist based in New York City. He is currently the Director of Communications at the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, a global NGO that provides comprehensive genocide prevention training for policymakers. In addition to his work in genocide and mass atrocity prevention, he has extensive experience exposing violations of basic human rights—from gender inequality in business, to the Iraqi displacement crisis following the 2003 invasion, to torture at Guantanamo Bay and CIA black sites. His specialties include:
Publicly Advocating for Equal Rights & Justice
Michael Otterman is the author of two books— American Torture: From the Cold War to Abu Ghraib and Beyond (2007) and Erasing Iraq: The Human Costs of Carnage (2010). His speaking engagements span the globe and have been sponsored by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Citizens for Global Solutions, Intersections International, Catalyst, plus numerous campus organizations, anti-war groups and labor unions. Michael has appeared as a guest on BBC World, GRITtv with Laura Flanders, PBS’ The Tavis Smiley Show, WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show, and ABC Australia, while his writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Guardian, and New Matilda, among other outlets. He is also a featured scholar in Brown University’s Choices Program.
Leveraging Social Media for Social GoodThroughout his career, Michael has harnessed the power of social media and the blogosphere to affect change. From 2007 – 2010, Michael’s AmericanTorture.com was a leading clearinghouse of news, source material, and criticism of US torture policy—a site, according to Daily Beast columnist Andrew Sullivan, “dedicated to covering the issue with the urgency and timeliness it demands.” In 2010, Michael joined Catalyst and launched Catalyzing, Catalyst’s award-winning blog which explores debates and research about women and business. Today, he is their Social Media Manager, overseeing Catalyst’s presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Michael created Catalyst’s Social Media Policies and Code of Conduct, on which he regularly trains employees. In 2012, he co-created Men Advocating Real Change (MARC), the only online community for men committed to equality in the workplace. Since 2014 he has served as Communications Director of the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation.