Mines Advisory Group (MAG) America is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that raises awareness and funds for MAG, the global humanitarian and advocacy organization that finds, removes, and destroys landmines, cluster munitions, and unexploded bombs from places affected by conflict. MAG also provides education programs so that children and their families can live, work, and play as safely as possible until all the land that surrounds them is clear.
Since 1989, MAG has helped over 20 million people in 70 countries rebuild their lives and livelihoods after war.
MAG shares the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize as part of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.
Our vision is a safe future for people affected by violence, conflict, and insecurity.
People should live in communities where their rights are upheld, with dignity and choice, and free from fear of mines, unexploded bombs, and the impact of small arms and light weapons.
MAG America's mission is to save lives and build safer futures.
We do this by clearing landmines, cluster munitions and other unexploded bombs and by reducing the impact on communities of small arms, light weapons and ammunition.
In 1989, two brothers – Rae and Lou McGrath – felt compelled to do something to protect people from the crippling and often fatal threat of landmines. Their solution was to set up MAG, which they ran from a caravan near Cockermouth in England's Lake District.
More than a quarter of a century later, this lifesaving work continues and MAG has evolved into a major international operation, with a global headquarters in Manchester, United Kingdom, a U.S. office in Washington, D.C., and program sites in 20+ countries around the world. We have been pioneers in new detection methods and mechanical demining, and have built an approach that puts communities at the heart of our decision-making.
In 1997, MAG shared the Nobel Peace Prize for its role in banning landmines.
At MAG America, how we do our work is just as important as why we do our work. Our teams are guided by the following values in their work to save lives around the world.
Principled: We adhere to the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence, placing people affected by armed conflict and violence at the heart of our work.
Agile: We react quickly and efficiently to changes so that we always offer the right solutions.
Determined: We are resolute in our desire to use skills and resources that benefit those most vulnerable to armed conflict and violence.
Expert: We focus on areas where we have knowledge and expertise, and build on this foundation.
Professional: We adhere to and measure ourselves against internationally-recognized sector standards.
Enabling: We aim to empower and support those most affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war.