Intercross was started in 2011 as a blog and morphed into a podcast-only site in December 2018. (We are no longer actively adding content to this section of the website.)

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Intercross is about the plight of the millions of children, women, and men affected by armed conflict and violence worldwide. It's about humanitarian action, the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and the law of armed conflict. Intercross is edited and managed by the ICRC's delegation in Washington D.C., which works to promote and ensure respect for the rules of war, facilitate ICRC operations worldwide, visit the detainees at Guantanamo Bay, and raise awareness of the our mandate. (See our submissions information below.)

We also seek to influence legal and policy discussions and invite debate on a range of issues - from the changing scope of today's battlefields to the challenges posed by cyber warfare and new technologies. Our office in D.C. has around 30 employees, including expatriate and American staff. Click here to learn how Intercross got its name.

A few words about the ICRC in general: In a nutshell, our mandate is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and internal violence, provide them with assistance, and prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening international humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles. We also coordinate the relief activities of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in situations of conflict. We've been doing this for more than 150 years. 

The ICRC works primarily through confidential dialogue with military authorities, as well as armed groups and non-State actors, who have a stake in any given conflict. We are present in roughly 80 countries affected by armed conflict and violence. Worldwide, the ICRC employs around 13,000 people and has an annual budget of about 1.7 billion USD. It is an independent and strictly neutral and impartial humanitarian aid agency, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

Submissions Policy: Intercross does accept submissions from bloggers/writers/experts/academics outside the ICRC but we do so on a case-by-case basis. Acceptance depends on the relevance of the topic to our work and to our readers, timeliness and newsworthiness, and length (generally speaking we prefer 800 to 1,200 words but we do make exceptions for academic pieces). All submissions are subject to editing and review. We do not pay for submissions nor do we require full exclusivity. To pitch a submission, please contact Niki Clark, Intercross & Online Communications Editor.  

Comments Policy: We encourage you to join in and share your voice in the Comments section of our blog posts. While we value honesty and different perspectives, we reserve the right to reject comments that contain:

  • Offensive statements against a culture, race, religion or gender;

  • Abusive language, anger, hate, violence or pornography;

  • Personal information (other than yours), such as names, addresses or phone numbers;

  • Disparaging or threatening comments about the ICRC and our staff or have the primary purpose of undermining the ICRC and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement;

  • Have the primary purpose of denunciating a State;

  • Third party marketing, including links to third party websites;

  • Comments that are not related to the post itself.

To ensure that this is respected, the editorial team receives comments before they appear under an article. We also review comments on a case-by-case basis.