Our mission was born from bitter experience.
Our international team of journalists and lawyers have worked in Chechnya, Bosnia, Rwanda and Syria.
The Reckoning Project partners journalists with lawyers to document, verify, and codify legal evidence of war crimes cases while preserving truth and memory through our in-depth media content.
JANINE DI GIOVANNI
Janine di Giovanni has worked for over 35 years as a human rights reporter and investigator in conflict zones in the Balkans, Africa, and the Middle East. She is a senior fellow at Yale University, the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, and a Visiting Fellow at the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University. She is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow in Non-Fiction, and The American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded her their highest prize for non-fiction, the Blake Dodd, for her lifetime body of work. In 2016, she was awarded the Courage in Journalism Award for her distinguished work tracking war criminals most recently in Syria and Iraq, with a focus on ISIS. Di Giovanni is also the author of nine books, including The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria which is a collection of war testimonies translated into 30 languages. She has made numerous documentaries and is a frequent analyst on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and the BBC. Di Giovanni is the recipient of nearly a dozen journalistic awards, including two Amnesty International Awards, and the National Magazine Award, for her work in human rights and war reporting. She has worked for the United Nations on various initiatives, most recently directing Enabling Witnesses in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen in partnership with the United Nations Democracy Fund and the Soufan Group.
Peter Pomerantsev is a Senior Fellow at the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University where he co-directs the Arena Initiative, a research project dedicated to overcoming the challenges of digital era disinformation and polarization. Over the past five years, Arena has worked with Ukrainian journalists and sociologists to create media content about the country. Peter is an award-winning author specializing in the relationship between propaganda, culture, and society, whose books include Nothing is True and Everything is Possible and This is Not Propaganda. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, presents documentaries on BBC Radio 4, and previously worked as a TV documentary director and producer for Discovery, the BBC, and others.
Founding Member, Lead Journalist
Nataliya Gumenyuk is a well-known Ukrainian journalist and author specializing in foreign affairs and conflict reporting. She is the founder and CEO of the Public Interest Journalism Lab. Nataliya is the author of several documentaries and books, including The Lost Island: Tales From The Occupied Crimea, and Maidan Tahrir. Nataliya regularly writes for The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Rolling Stone, Die Zeit, and The Atlantic. In addition to this, she recently had her first piece published in the New York Times. She also provides commentaries for CNN, MSNBC, Sky News, Monocle, etc. Gumenyuk was the co-founder and head of Independent Hromadske TV and Hromadske International for five years and is currently a Board member. Gumenyuk is a Member of the Council for Freedom for Speech Under the President of Ukraine, as well as the Independent Media Council.
RAJI ABDUL SALAM
Legal Data Archivist
Raji Abdul Salam is a legal data archive analyst with experience in documenting war crimes, crimes against humanity, and attempted genocides in Syria and Iraq. His work in collecting, verifying, and analyzing hundreds of testimonies contributed to holding Syrian war criminals and perpetrators of crimes against humanity accountable under universal jurisdiction in Germany, Sweden, and Belgium, and under limited universal jurisdiction in the Netherlands. He has an extensive background in collecting, verifying, preserving, and performing multi-variable analyses sensitive to human rights violations, universal jurisdiction, and international litigation. Abdul Salam is an expert in investigating human rights violations, validating documented testimonies, and tracing the chain of custody of collected evidence.
Lyuba Knorozok is a film and media producer based in Kyiv. Her films have been screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Berlinale, Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Sheffield Doc Fest, Docudays, and other festivals, and have received a number of awards. She worked as a production manager for the film Donbas by Sergei Loznitsa, and as a line producer for the film Frost by Sarunas Bartas. She is a member of the Documentary Association of Europe, the European Women’s Audiovisual Network, and a participant in Berlinale Talents 2022. She produced projects for BBC World News, European Cultural Foundation, The Kyiv Biennial, Biennale Warszawa, Goethe-Institut, The Hromadske TV network, Al Jazeera English, and Vice News, among many others.
In order to protect staff, we sometimes remove the names of our team and only describe their general experience. Our Managing Editor is an expert in strategic communications and media advocacy with more than 15 years of experience in PR and journalism, including some of the most hard-hitting research into elite corruption. She plays a central role in pulling together all strands of The Reckoning Project.
Chief of Staff
Olivia Mozdzierz is an experienced human rights researcher who serves as Chief of Staff for the team. Having previously worked for the National Security Archive, an NGO and research center, and the Human Rights Campaign, Mozdzierz has a background in documenting war crimes, crimes against humanity, and cases of forced disappearances and impunity. Her regional specializations include the Balkans and Eastern Europe, and Mexico and Latin America. She has been published in the fall 2021 edition of the Yale Journal of International Affairs. Mozdzierz holds a B.A. in human rights and history from Bard College and an M.A. in history from Yale University, with a focus on modern diplomatic history, human rights law, and foreign policy.
The Reckoning Project enlisted a team of experienced Ukrainian researchers and journalists that are based across various regions of Ukraine. They all received training in legal literacy and fact-gathering processes for adequate documentation that adheres to international legal standards. These researchers have also received sensitivity and trauma training to protect both themselves and the individuals from whom they will be collecting the testimonies. These testimonies are collected in accordance with the Berkeley Protocol, as well as the Do No Harm Principles.
Due to security concerns, the names of some researchers working in occupied areas have been removed.
is a filmmaker and director, and the chief director at Public Interest Journalism Lab. She has reported on the war in Ukraine since 2014 working in the Donbas and occupied Crimea, Russia. Her films devoted to human rights and political prisoners have won numerous awards in Ukraine. She served as chief director for the independent Ukrainian media Hromadske TV, TVI; and has worked as a director for ICTV.
is a Kharkiv-based journalist, media manager, documentary filmmaker, and media trainer. She is a co-founder of the Nakipelo media group and the Kharkiv Media Hub, a network division of Ukraine Media Center.
is a freelance videographer, based in the Sumy region. Since 1999, he has been writing articles for the Gorod A regional newspaper and has been an active correspondent for the local newspapers.
is a journalist and media manager. In 2020 she co-founded the Public Interest Journalism Lab. She is currently the general producer of news at Suspilne – a Ukrainian public Broadcaster. In 2011, Angelina joined the Euronews Kyiv bureau, and she covered Ukrainian political and social affairs, Maidan protests, and Russian aggression and conflict in eastern Ukraine. Later she became a special correspondent and anchor at Hromadske TV, and covered trials against Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia, the refugee crisis in Hungary, co-authored investigations about events at Maidan, for which received a prize for investigative journalism. Then she worked as Hromadske editor-in-chief from 2017 until 2020.
is a filmmaker and writer based in Kyiv. His films include: Circulation (2020), Façade Colour: Blue (2019), The Film of Kyiv. Episode One (2017), have been screened at International Film Festival Rotterdam, Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Docudays IFF, the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), and S A V V Y Contemporary (Berlin), among others, and have received a number of festival awards.
is an investigative reporter from Kakhovka, Kherson region, currently working in exile. He has worked with the Regional Press Development Institute, Internews Ukraine, Institute for War & Peace Reporting (Kyiv and Tbilisi offices), Open Media Hub, and SCOOP. His specialty is investigative journalism in the field of human rights violations on temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine and anti-corruption.
is a writer and reporter, who is based in Chernihiv. She is currently working for Localna Istoriya and Ukrayinskiy Tyzhden, as a freelance writer and reporter. Her third book is currently in the process of publication by “Laboratoria” Publishing House.
is a reporter focused on human rights from Irpin. Since 2018, she has been working as a journalist for Radio NV. Previously, she has worked as the editor and journalist for the Society Department of the RBK.
is a reporter, writer, and the co-author of the documentary Old Khata Project. She is currently working on a book of reportages about her home, the city of Severodonetsk. Her work has been featured in the following news outlets: Hromadske, The Ukrainians, Reporters, Zaborona, Opendemocracy, and New Eastern Europe. Svitlana is currently based in Ivano-Frankivsk.
is a journalist and co-founder of Severodonetsk Crisis Media Centre, one of the leading NGOs in the Luhansk region. Olena is currently based in Dnipro. She has previously worked as a coordinator for the Sievierodonetsk Agency on Community Development.
The Reckoning Project is implemented by the Public Interest Journalism Lab in Ukraine and the Institute of War and Peace Reporting in Europe and the USA.
PIJL – a Ukrainian media organization which has promoted constructive discussion around complex social topics through high-quality content since its founding in 2020. This interdisciplinary coalition of journalists and sociologists researches, creates, and popularizes best practices for public interest journalism in the digital age. Since the February 24 Russian invasion, PIJL has pivoted to frontline media reporting.
The PIJL core team consists of the most experienced and renowned Ukrainian journalists who specialize in reporting conflicts, human rights, and transitional justice. They have received multiple national and international awards.