ADVOCATES for AWARENESS of WATCHTOWER ABUSES (AAWA) is an international not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to raising awareness about policies of the Watch Tower Society that violate basic human rights. AAWA is also committed to offering help and support to those who are mentally and emotionally afflicted by the Society’s teachings and practices.
AAWA was incorporated in March 2013.
AAWA is a religiously-neutral organization. In other words, we do not promote or endorse any religious or philosophical belief systems.
AAWA’s goal is to shine a bright light on harmful Watchtower policies, identify the methods of undue influence Watchtower uses to break down the resistance and resolve of anyone who tries to leave, and provide assistance and education for thinking Jehovah’s Witnesses who want to break free from Watchtower’s clutches.
AAWA is an educational resource for the large non-Jehovah’s Witness world community, which includes the media, educators, researchers, medical and legal experts, and of course interested Witnesses and ex-Witnesses.
How Is AAWA Organized?
AAWA is managed by a board of three corporate directors. They are:
The directors utilize the advice of hundreds of volunteers, supporters and advisers to set AAWA’s strategies. Six of those advisers are:
John Hoyle – John is a long-time activist and the founder of several Ex-JW websites including WatchtowerWatch.com and Ex-JW.com. From his home in central Oregon he lends his technical skills to a number of other websites. He helps grease the wheels of the Ex-JW Internet community by doing his best to ensure that the latest news and information about the Watchtower Society is available. firstname.lastname@example.org
The above nine individuals vary in age and come from a variety of backgrounds, but they are by no means an elite group of people. They are joined by hundreds of passionate people from five different continents who champion fundamental human rights, which are outlined in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948). Their efforts make up a worldwide collaborative effort of many passionate volunteers, who for most of them lived their lives ruled by Watchtower’s policies. They KNOW how this high-demand pseudo-religious group affects the everyday lives of men, women and children.
How does AAWA operate? Each year we determine appropriate strategies and enlist the help of our volunteers and supporters to make it happen. If you are interested in helping, please note the following strategies for 2015:
- Helping update and organize AAWA websites—aawa.co and ajwrb.org.
- Writing articles and press releases.
- Meeting and talking with non-JW groups. (Should be able to follow a pre-approved outline, have good communication skills and be well organized.)
- Sharing personal stories about Watchtower abuses in 1,500 words or less.
- Helping AAWA use the social media to expand its network of interests.
- Working on special AAWA research projects and promoting key AAWA initiatives.
- Helping Professors and PhD students who are working on university research projects related to Watchtower abuses.
- Making financial contributions to AAWA to help pay for legal advice, videos, press conferences, films, think-tank meetings, special workshops and networking.
If you are interested in helping, please visit our volunteer page and download our questionnaire or you can make a financial contribution by using the link on our home page.
For more information on AAWA and its policies and objectives, please read our Mission Statement and FAQs page. For any specific questions or technical issues, please don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org .